EA executive says Star Wars Battlefront sequels will come – Entertainment Weekly
In a statement that willÂ come as little shock to players of one of the yearâ€™s most anticipated games,Â EA apparently has moreÂ Star Wars BattlefrontÂ planned for the future.
EA CFO Blake Jorgensen, speaking at the UBS Global Technology Conference, said the companyâ€™s â€œgoal is to makeÂ future Battlefront games,â€ in addition to otherÂ Star Wars-related titles. Given the fervor surrounding both the game and the return of the franchise to the big screen withÂ The Force Awakens, itâ€™s no surprise EA has big plans for a galaxy far, far away in interactive form.Â
â€œThe beauty of theStar WarsÂ franchise is itâ€™s almost unlimited in what you can do with it. We know Disney has done a great job with other franchises and we believe theyâ€™ll do the same withÂ Star WarsÂ over time in delivering new worlds, new characters, new vehicles, all the things that make great video games,â€ Jorgensen said.
EA has a decade-long licensing term with Disney to makeÂ Star WarsÂ games for consoles and PCs, which includes theÂ Star WarsÂ universe as built up to this point, as well as the upcoming films, books, and shows in the universeâ€™s canon. EA will not be looking to make games that directly tie-in and retell the stories of these upcoming films, however.
â€œOur goal is not to make video games directly about the movies, itâ€™s to use the IP in the movie to make great, exciting games,â€ Jorgensen said.
One such non-BattlefrontÂ title is currently being developed by EAâ€™s Visceral Games andÂ Uncharted 2â€™s Amy Hennig, who joined the team after leaving Naughty Dog.
BattlefrontÂ isnâ€™t the only game to feature theÂ Star WarsÂ universe this year. Disney Interactiveâ€™s ownÂ Disney Infinity 3.0Â featured new playable characters, items, and worlds from theÂ Star WarsÂ universe, including an upcoming playset centered aroundÂ The Force Awakens.Â BattlefrontÂ will also see a tie-in to the new film with the â€œBattle of Jakkuâ€ downloadable content coming later this year.
Battlefrontâ€™s primary focus is on the first trilogy of films, so there are many more locations, characters, and vehicles to mine for content in upcoming DLC or future iterations, which, while it was easy to assume more titles would be on the way, are now clearly a foregone conclusion.