Star Wars Battlefront has been a big money spinner for EA, riding the hype and excitement for the reinvigorated film franchise and with 14 million copies of the game shipped – not sold, mind you – so it’s no surprise that a second DICE developed Battlefront is in the works. What is surprising is that this sequel is on the way for 2017 and it looks like it will come out before the Star Wars games being developed at Visceral Games and Respawn Entertainment.
With Uncharted creator Amy Hennig working on that game at Visceral, it’s a shame that we’ll have to wait so long to see their efforts, as it will “most likely” launch in 2018. EA’s plan, as CFO Blake Jorgensen explained on last night’s financials call, is to have “at least one Star Wars title a year over the next three or four years.”
He continued, “Next year we will see Star Wars Battlefront back with bigger and better worlds because we now have the new movies to work off of, not just the historical movies that we used before.”
While that sounds great, it will do little to wash away some of the disappointment at how thin the content in the first DICE developed Star Wars Battlefront was. The number of maps included in the game was limited, with only a handful for the game’s eyecatching Walker Assault mode, which has not been added to in the first of the DLC expansions for the game. A sequel will have to bring more to the table to convince those that felt a little jilted by this.