Battlefield studio and EA subsidiary DICE is currently developing a new installment in the long-dormant Star Wars Battlefront series. Assigning DICE to this project was a no-brainer, according to EA Labels president Frank Gibeau.
The Battlefront games allowed players to relive battles from Star Wars lore. For example, they can play as the Empire and assault the rebel base on Hoth. Or you could battle alongside the Ewoks as a Rebel on Endor. Player can choose from different character classes and fight on foot or
"Battlefront is a vehicle experience, it’s a character experience," Gibeau told IGN. "DICE has proven, in how they develop Battlefield, as far as being able to do air, land, sea combat, all the way up to F-18s fighting. They’ve been able to demonstrate through the Frostbite tech and through their design capabilities and talent that they can create these huge, epic set-piece wars."
"That’s kind of the dream of Battlefront. Hoth, the battle of Hoth. You’ve got space, you’ve got the surface, you’ve got infantry, you’ve got AT-ATs. That’s the table stakes that they come in with. They know how to do that. They’re really good at it."
I had a similar reaction to the E3 announcement. DICE seems like the best studio to push this franchise forward. There aren't many alternatives, really. How many developers out there make large-scale multiplayer shooters with land and air vehicles in addition to infantry?
There's a fear that DICE's Battlefront will just be Battlefield with lightsabers and blasters. I don't know why that's a fear. It sounds pretty awesome to me. Star Wars mods for older games, were impressive. For example, here's the First Strike mod developed by fans for Battlefield 2142:
If mods can look this good, I'd love to see what an official, DICE-developed Star Wars game would look like. Especially with all the money EA's sure to throw at SW projects.
EA secured the exclusive rights to develop Star Wars games back in May. Battlefront is the first game they've revealed since they acquired that license. Dead Space studio Visceral Games is said to be developing a Star Wars game as well but no details have been announced about that project yet.