Battlefront Will Return For Holiday 2015

EA's CEO confirms that we'll be playing DICE's Star Wars: Battlefront late next year.

At a recent earnings conference call, Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson told investors that DICE's Star Wars: Battlefront game will be launching during next year's holiday season. The conference was held to analyse EA's Q2 2014 financial results. Whilst 'holiday 2015' could mean anytime in November or December, it is likely that the publisher will want the game to launch around the same time as Star Wars: Episode VII.  The JJ Abrams-directed movie is due out in theatres on November 18 next year. 

Fans have been waiting a long time for a true sequel to the Battlefront franchise. Whilst there have been spin offs for mobile, Nintendo DS and PlayStation Portable, there hasn't been a console or PC Battlefront since 2005's Battlefront II. A third entry in the series was in production at Free Radical Designs but it was never released.

However, I should warn fans of the past games that DICE's installment won't be a simple sequel, but rather a reimagining of the franchise.

For one thing, publisher and developer alike both refer to this project as Battlefront, not Battlefront III. What's more, the original games mostly used a third-person perspective but EA's chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen refered to DICE's title as a 'major first-person shooter'. Given that DICE specialises in first-person games, that isn't too surprising. Outside of Battlefront, EA confirmed that DICE is also working on Battlefield 5, which will launch in 2016, as well as a follow up to 2008's Mirror's Edge

Wilson announced that the publisher would be giving a full unveiling of Star Wars: Battlefront in spring next year. In the meantime, you can check out the teaser trailer that EA released during its E3 2014 conference.

Published Oct. 29th 2014
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  • topher339
    I hope this won't simply be a Battlefield or Call of Duty with Star Wars tech. Battlefront was unique as a shooter. I hope they keep it that way. There are few games I have played as much as Battlefront.
  • Adam Koziol
    I'm afraid of the same thing. We'll have to wait until spring next year to find out.
  • Charity Vandehey
    Let's hope this is a smoother experience than BF4 ended up being. I'm excited about the prospect of a Star Wars themed FPS, but leery of DICE being the people behind it.
  • Adam Koziol
    I'm just hoping that this won't be just Battlefield with a Star Wars skin. EA had to delay Hardline because of technical difficulties so it's clear that they are still having trouble creating smooth online FPS experiences.

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