Last year, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” wasn’t the only one that stirred the nostalgia of Star Wars fans. Before the movie dropped in December and eventually reeled in more than $2 billion in box office sales, Electronic Arts similarly made rounds with “Star Wars Battlefront” for the PC, Xbox One and PS4.
The game served as a reboot of the video game series that started more than a decade ago, which was also titled “Star Wars: Battlefront”. Yes, EA was very creative by removing the colon. They should probably get a medal for their creativity. At least they could have added a subtitle or something. Anyway, the game exceeded the expectations of EA, most likely thanks to the hype generated by The Force Awakens.
Naturally, the most logical thing to do for EA is to green-light a sequel before they could even complete the remaining DLC for the current game. And according to a recent report, it looks like the “Star Wars Battlefront” sequel will arrive as early as Autumn next year (that’s Fall in North America). The announcement was made in an investor’s meeting, with EA Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen saying that the sequel will be out “a year from now”.
This means that the game will once again ride on the excitement and hype that will assuredly be generated by the still-untitled Star Wars Episode VIII, which is slated for a December 2017 release. Will EA strike gold twice in back-to-back Star Wars games? Who knows? The only thing certain is that fans will line up for the game. Not so sure about other non-fans, though, especially those who had a lot of negative things to say about the first game.
Sequel a much better experience?
According to Jorgensen, they are hard at work into making sure that the sequel will be “extremely deep and engaging”. This should be good news for everyone, considering how “Star Wars Battlefront” felt lacking in a lot of areas – especially with single-player content.
However, the game was able to make up for it with the subsequent DLC packs, which will be concluded by the upcoming “Rogue One: Scarif” DLC. The final DLC will most likely arrive before “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”, a spinoff movie that takes place before the events of “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope”.
While the released DLC packs have included noteworthy stuff, like the addition of fan-favorite Chewbacca (seriously, why wasn’t he in the game at launch?), the post-release content were not really on the same level as the glorious “Blood and Wine” DLC for “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt”. So EA has a lot of room to improve.