Today marks a major day in the history of EA and the Star Wars series as Star Wars Battlefront has been resurrected. With the game presumably enjoying a successful launch, it’s logical to believe EA will be working on more Battlefront iterations. EA may want to iterate further in the franchise, but their goal isn’t to just create games identically about the films themselves.
DICE has been developing Star Wars Battlefront for years and the fact that they have launched the game today means a lot to not only the studio, but the publisher as well. The Chief Financial Officer of EA Blake Jorgensen spoke about the type of investment EA put into creating Star Wars Battlefront.
“It’s a big effort for us, and I don’t think there’s a human being in the world who hasn’t heard of the Star Wars movie coming. And so, [it’s a] great opportunity. We struck a licensing deal with Disney a few years back that’s almost ten years in length. The game that comes out tomorrow, Star Wars Battlefront, is a traditional first-person style shooter game. Our goal is to make future Battlefront games as well as other style games around the Star Wars franchise, both on mobile as well as console and PC. It’s a huge opportunity for us,” Jorgensen said at the UBS Global Tech Conference.
It’ll be interesting to see what EA tries to do with the Star Wars franchise on the mobile side of gaming, as they have invested some of their biggest franchises on that platform already and you’d think they’ll do the same with Star Wars Battlefront. Not only would you expect this, but further iteration in the Star Wars series on PC and console is also presumed.
EA had more than one Star Wars project in development, prior to the launch of Star Wars Battlefront, and even with today’s launch, they have yet another Star Wars title in development. While they have yet to reveal what that game is officially, Jorgensen described the potential and excitement EA has around the universe of Star Wars.
“We get access to all of the historical content as well as all the new content developed. The beauty of the Star Wars franchise is it’s almost unlimited in what you can do with it. We know Disney has done a great job with other franchises and we believe they’ll do the same with Star Wars over time in delivering new worlds, new characters, new vehicles, all the things that make great video games. Our goal is not to make video games directly about the movies, it’s to use the IP in the movie to make great, exciting games,” Jorgensen said.
EA and DICE reached a major milestone today as they launched Star Wars Battlefront for the PS4, Xbox One and PC. It’ll be interesting to see what the next Star Wars game they make is like compared to Battlefront and when it is released.