Following last week’s announcement regarding a new Star Wars game made by the studio that brought us Titanfall, EA’s Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen recently discussed the sequel to the smash hit Star Wars: Battlefront.
Electronic Arts recently finished their fiscal year, and as such they are looking ahead to see what Fall/Winter 2016, as well as early 2017, has in store for their company. During an earnings call earlier today, Mr. Jorgensen made mention that the new installment to the Battlefront series will have, “bigger and better worlds,” and feature content from “the new movies”. With the exception of our sneak peek at the planet Jakku, most of the content from EA’s first contribution has been from the original Star Wars trilogy.
Jorgensen confirmed during the call that the Battlefront sequel will be releasing sometime “next year”. Due to the nature of the call, however, it is speculated by the community whether he means next fiscal year, or 2017. There’s also the question of what Jorgensen regards as the “new movies”. Note that he used the plural, signifying that he could either be referring to more maps from Episode VII as well as the upcoming Rogue One, or possibly including the 2017 release of Star Wars Episode VIII. If the latter is true, than we can most likely expect an early Summer 2017 release of the game.
This isn’t even mentioning the other titles EA will be releasing, including the “third person action/adventure game” that Stig Asmussen, former developer of the God of War franchise, has mentioned working on. Amy Hennig, whose work includes Creative Director of the Uncharted franchise has also signed on with the former Dead Space team at Visceral Games to work on yet another Star Wars IP as well.
Electronic Arts is putting a lot of people with talent into this Star Wars games’ production, and it shows just how serious they are about topping their performance from 2016. According to their financial report, they were the number one publisher for both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles in the Western hemisphere this year. It is likely this should push them to work even harder at producing quality games so as not to lose momentum. As a Star Wars fan, it looks like we have a lot to look forward to.