Not everyone can afford the license to make official Star Wars games. Right now EA is the one with the power and they're currently set to unveil more info on their projects soon. How soon? Well, they let the gaming community know exactly when we'll get more information on the upcoming Star Wars games.
According to the official Star Wars website, the new Star Wars games will be unveiled by Electronic Arts during the Star Wars Celebration Day in Orlando, Florida, which takes place between April 13th and April 16th.
They mention on the site that EA will be in attendance to showcase their latest projects centered around Disney's mega-billion dollar property. They're expected to at least tease Star Wars: Battlefront 2. According to previous reports about Star Wars: Battlefront 2, the game is supposedly set to launch in 2017, during this upcoming fall, for home consoles and PC.
They haven't talked about what kind of content we can expect from the game, but it will likely feature everything that people felt was missing from the original Star Wars: Battlefront, which was rushed to the market two years ago at the end of 2015, to launch in time with the release of Star Wars: Episode VII. EA and DICE managed to clean up huge on the sales thanks to a strong holiday sales surge, easily recouping the $100 million that was spent on the license to make Star Wars games.
EA didn't stop there, though. They wanted to make the most out of their investment, and thus, they have two more games in the works centered around the Star Wars universe, one of which is being headed up by Jade Raymond, the creative mind who helped turn Assassin's Creed into a multi-billion dollar franchise. They haven't said anything about the title that she's working on with Visceral Games, the same people from the Dead Space series, but it's apparently coming along and will be revealed soon, hopefully during the event in Orlando.
Visceral has a great track record, especially when the corporate meddling is kept to a minimum and they can just work their way through a game. It'll be interesting to see how the game evolves under Raymond's leadership, because if it turns out to be as innovative as the first Assassin's Creed (barring its issues, of course) then they could potentially have a new franchise on their hands.
This is also not to detract from yet another Star Wars title in the works under the EA brand being headed up by Amy Hennig, the former director of the Uncharted series. Hennig helped turn Uncharted into a mainstream success for Naughty Dog and Sony, and now she's taking that expertise to the front lines of Electronic Arts' publishing ecosystem. There is a reluctance and apprehension for the project because of who is publishing it, but a lot of people are excited because they feel as if Hennig might revive some of the elements that were featured in the cancelled Star Wars 1313.
We'll be able to find out exactly what each of the titles will be like when EA unveils the games in some capacity in April.