Last year, Star Wars Battlefront was released after over a decade of being absent in the gaming world. The revived franchise came around just before the highly anticipated Star Wars film hit the big screen in December, so EA was hoping to cash in on eager fans awaiting the release. Although last year’s Star Wars Battlefront revival received mixed reviews from critics and it wasn’t the dream game that Star Wars fans were hoping it’d be, the game still was a pretty good Star Wars game. And EA Dice isn’t bothered by those mixed reviews because, according to Polygon, EA’s chief financial officer, Blake Jorgensen, has confirmed that they’re coming out with a sequel to the game by the end of next year.
Although the sequel had previously been confirmed almost six months ago, EA never quite pin pointed the exact launch date they were set to release the game. However, during an earnings call with investors last night, Jorgensen, narrowed down the launch window for the upcoming sequel to Battlefront: Fall of 2017. Last year’s Battlefront was also released in the Fall of 2015, right before the film’s release, and next year’s sequel, coincidentally, will also be released (it seems) right before Star Wars: Episode VIII’s December release date.
Jorgensen didn’t offer much details about the game but he did seem to note some of the concerns that reviewers had about the previous game:
We’re working very hard on making sure that is an extremely deep and engaging offering.
He also noted that it’ll offer “bigger and better worlds,” while also stating that the game will feature content from the “new movies.” We’re assuming that these two “new” movies are the previously released Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Last year’s reboot, despite strong sale numbers, was criticized for its repetitive, uninspiring multiplayer gameplay, lack of any amount of content with substance, while also lacking single player options and no space battles.
EA hold the exclusive rights to the Star Wars video game license (exempting mobile devices), and they’re set to release an exclusive title for the PlayStation VR, titled Star Wars Battlefront Rogue One: X-Wing VR Mission. Visceral Games, a patent of EA, is also working of developing an untitled third-person action game set in the Star Wars universe that won’t be out until 2018. With the revamped film series and video game series as well, Star Wars fans have plenty to look forward to in the upcoming years.