Star Wars Battlefront Breaks EA Download Records, Free DLC Coming

Sci-fi shooter becomes EA's "largest digital launch" of all time.

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DICE's Star Wars Battlefront is breaking records. Publisher Electronic Arts announced today that the sci-fi shooter has become the "largest digital launch" in the company's history. It's also the "biggest launch" of any new Star Wars game ever released, the company said, though no specific data points were shared.

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In a blog post, EA Studios executive Patrick Soderlund also reveals that players can look forward to "lots of new content" coming to Battlefront in the coming months. One of the biggest critiques of the game so far is that some feel the game doesn't have enough content.

The first of Battlefront's post-launch DLC is a free Force Awakens-inspired expansion called The Battle of Jakku, which starts to roll out on December 1 for people who preordered. Everyone else gets it on December 8, also as a free download.

Soderlund also teased that, in addition to all the new maps and items coming to the game through Battlefront's $50 DLC pass, players can also expect a number of free updates.

"We will be adding more of what you love about the game, like new maps and Star Cards, for free in the coming months, in addition to all of the content we have coming with Season Pass," he said. "We'll have more to share soon."

This statement from EA comes after big-time retailer GameStop said Battlefront underperformed. "We're not going to quantify it in terms of actual numbers, but we had high expectations that diminished somewhat as it got closer and it failed to hit those lowered expectations," management said on Monday.

However, GameStop believes sales will improve as buzz builds around The Force Awakens and the game should eventually hit the retailer's sales projections. For its part, EA is predicting the game will ship 13 million copies during its initial launch.

For more on Battlefront, check out GameSpot's review and what other critics are saying.

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There is only one MAJOR flaw in this whole report.

This game was released with all the advertisements of the new Star Wars film, so was essentially a tie in.... If they release another Battlefront, it will 100% be a flop!

EA aren't stupid. I'd be surprised if a major paid expansion or new game came with one of the star wars films.

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The Sims Battlefront.

Have fun suckers. This game sucks.

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@SupaTrupa: no you suck! this game however is loads of fun!

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This is really awful news.

So they'll likely waste more money making rubbish like this that I have absolutely zero interest in.

Rainbow six has been ruined with Rainbox six siege aswell.

Some very poor games getting a lot of sales is a very bad thing for the video games industry.

When will people cop on and learn and do some blooming research before buying bad games.

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@quinnd6: Because there are so many new and better games available? Please enlighten me as to what all these other games are because I'd really like to play them.

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@Starhopper4: Black Ops 3, Fallout 4, Uncharted collection, Assassins Creed Syndicate, Just Cause 3 and from earlier in the year there was Witcher 3, Batman Arkham Knight and Bloodborne.

I only bought a ps4 this year so I'll be playing some earlier games including the 2 Wolfenstein games, Killzone Shadow Fall and Shadow Of Mordor.

All the games I mentioned are vastly superior and have proper campaign modes.

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@quinnd6 Black Ops 3 sucks! people say Battlefront is repetitive but i dont feel it is repetitive at all. BO3 on the other hand is repetitive to the core.

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@tarheelsforever: Star Wars Battlefront is basically Battlefield 4 multiplayer with Star Wars weapons and skins minus any kind of campaign. Its total crap. Star Wars deserved a proper game with a campaign and story and not that load of junk.

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It feels like they released half a game just to release ''free'' content later on like: ''Hey see guys? We at EA are nice guys we are giving new stuff to you for free!''

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@Silverline62: IF you can call "new maps" and "star cards" content, sounds like window dressing on a pig to me.

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I for one really like what people tend to call the "arcade" feel of the game play -- there are other third person and first person shooters of other styles, its great to have some variety in the gameplay. It's also more true to the earlier games in the series.

The single player experience is by far though the lacking element. The AI of the opponents and even your teammates is fine. The lack of game modes here though is very disappointing. I find on-line multiplayer experiences too intense at times and as I play games to enjoy and even relax sometimes, the lack of single player really really hurts the game as even the instant action checkpoint capture experience is such a hallmark of the series. Couch-op for such an experience would make that instant action even better. The survival mode can be fun but given how much there is in multiplayer, the lack of single player hurts even more. -- Please please please make the single player modes a future update!

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@Smokin105: All I really hope for now is a true next gen Pod Racing game. That PS2 port doesn't count.

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So the rumors are true.. people DO like good graphics despite the gameplay.

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@bobafetthatesu: And Star Wars.

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"with $50 dlc season pass you get free dlc..." that's not free then, is it? Like the $10 I paid for supposedly getting Jakku that you could only get for paying that $10. But, no, it, in fact is FREE. I get Han Solo's op blaster, which I think it's stupid to pay for items that help you you in game...op guns, buffs, etc. You shouldn't have to pay to be a better player.

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@gamespot27: Where did you pull that quote from? All I see is them saying "in addition to" the season pass, meaning not part of the pass. And where the heck did you go to pay $10 for Jakku? It was just a pre-order bonus, right? It shouldn't have cost you anything beyond the standard price of pre-ordering the game. They made it clear right in the initial announcement that it would be exclusive to pre-orderers at first and then free to everybody else a week later.

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@double_O7:

Gamestop sold it as Jakku and the blaster for 10 bucks. It was really just the blaster and Jakku a week early. I wouldn't have paid for it had I known...had I taken the time to do the research myself...so it's on me...but still... the point is still a lot for a little, and it's cheap and piss-poor marketing to entice players to pay to have an advantage over other players in game. And the game, as "Purdy" as is, is seriously lacking in content. I feel like I paid $70 for half a game.

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@gamespot27: I was so lucky the associate at the store I frequent warned me the content was only early access to free content. Really happy with my GameStop.

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This makes me very sad, but I'm not surprised at all. Simple mechanics and flashy visuals are going to sell like hot cakes in today's market.

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Why even show Gamestop purchases down? More people are buying digital now and more people are going with Best Buy Gamers Club which by far has the best deals for hard core gamers

The game is not bad. Basically content you would get in a arena style shooter with bigger maps. Its better than COD. The TDM maps are some of the best TDM maps I have ever seen

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@DHA-Shade: - You gotta be blinded by something, maybe the amount you paid for this garbage?

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I would get it for a £10. or for £19.99 with all DLCs. I will have to wait a year for price to come down.

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@Karmazyn: Or get a job !! Stop being Cheap !!

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@ltjohnnyrico: Nope rather just wait till it's cheap - games in the UK tend to depreciate quickly ;).

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@ltjohnnyrico: I have a job, they just dont pay me enough so I have no money to burn for half baked cakes.

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@Karmazyn: Then work work harder !!

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@ltjohnnyrico: you cant work any harder. it is not possible.

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@Karmazyn: It is .. spend less time on here!!

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@ltjohnnyrico: it is not. What am I doing here? I am relaxing after hard day work and discussing entertianment subjects with a nice fellow like you :)

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@Karmazyn: I like that !! And i like that you are not taking everything too seriously .. it is a pleasure to speak with you

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@ltjohnnyrico: Because people have no principles and just throw money around at everything no matter it's value... tool

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@bobafetthatesu: I have principals, I also spend my money on what I like !! I am enjoying this Game, I really like it !! So it is of Value to me !! .. Maybe you mean cost and not Value ? but even then the Value in this case for me outweighs the cost !!

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@ltjohnnyrico: If anyone is being cheap, its EA with their outrageous price for lackluster content...

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@kylexile: Not really there are plenty of Maps and Modes .. Not bad for an MP shooter !! I've spent 20+ hours just playing Supremacy !! I still haven't tried out all the modes .. Fighter Squadron is a good mode too !!

An MP shooter doesn't need to have loads of modes to be Good .. the Map design is stunning the Mechanics are solid and the Game is fun !! .. That's really all you need to make a good MP shooter !!

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Fair Play !! This Game could have gone very wrong but you gave us a Solid and Fun MP shooter !! Credit where Credit is due !! Looking forward to the Jakku DLC !!

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@ltjohnnyrico: If you really enjoyed the game you wouldn't be here replying to every negative comment on this article. Stop marketing for EA they aren't going to pay you any money going by their track record.

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@saurabh002: No I do enjoy the game .. that is a fact you cannot dispute !! I also dont get paid to market anything .. its not part of my job .. also i only reply to a few .. not every .. think before you speak !!

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@ltjohnnyrico: go to metacritic and see the user scores, you'll find out how others feel about this game.

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@saurabh002: opinions...everyone has one. The sooner you realise not everyone thinks like you nor does everyone like the same things you like, the happier you will be.

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@Starhopper4: truer words were never spoken, but I think the point of the comments section is to debate and voice opinions.

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Well I got a good deal with Prime, paid 30 quid instead of 54. For that price I'm happy. Lets see if they release enough new free content to keep me interested.It does look fantastic though and its also good fun to pick up for an hour and put down again.

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Not a bad game for what it is... but for a Star Wars fan... its mostly just another PvP deathmatch game with a SW skin... or that is how i feel anyhow.

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biggest launch for the last time of any star wars game that is associated with EA

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It's probably breaking refund records too :p

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@Peki: If only....I would return this piece of crap in a heartbeat. It's made for 10 year old kids with no knowledge of the previous 2 games in the series.

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