Electronic Arts has revealed plans to release a new Star Wars: Battlefront title. It’s the first publicly announced effort to come from EA’s multi-year exclusive deal with Disney since the company shut down LucasArts.
“Excited to bring our vision to Battlefront and humbled to be part of the epic Star Wars universe,” read a message from EA’s official Twitter account. A post on StarWars.com echoed the sentiment and assured fans that the series that “means so much to fans and gamers is in good hands.”
The title, which will run off EA’s new Frostbite 3 engine, is being developed by DICE. It makes sense for EA to put it in the hands of the studio behind the Battlefield series, since the two games have a lot of similarities. So although not everyone was excited to hear about the publisher taking over the franchise, it’s easy to assume that EA will release a solid effort.
The price, release date and platform information for the forthcoming game have not yet been announced; but EA did unveil a (very) short teaser showing a mid-battle first-person view of the harsh conditions on the planet Hoth and the colossal foot of an AT-AT walker.
When they first took over the series, EA promised a fresh take. “The new experiences we create may borrow from films, but the games will be entirely original with all new stories and gameplay,” said Labels President Frank Gibeau.
The forthcoming game will mark the first Battlefront entry since Elite Squadron, which was released in November 2009.
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