EA has made what is potentially the most shocking and unexpected announcement to hit the games industry in a very long time: They’re planning on making more Star Wars Battlefront games.
I apologize for the unnecessary sarcasm, but the fact that EA is planning to make more Battlefront games is about as expected of a next Call of Duty and Assassin’s Creed game coming out in 2016. Neither of those last two games have actually been announced but, when they are, I doubt anybody will bat an eye in surprise.
I mean, you’ve got EA (who loves to make sequels) making a game set in the Star Wars universe; one that has seen a huge resurgence thanks to a brand new trilogy of films that about to kick off this December. Speaking of annualized titles like Call of Duty and Assassin’s Creed, if we don’t see a Battlefront game on a yearly basis through (at the very least) the launch of all three new Star Wars movies, then I will be surprised.
This news comes to us via Gamespot, who recently reported on the UBS Global Technology Conference hosted out of San Francisco. During the event, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen made a few comments about the publisher’s licensing deal with Disney; a deal that extends for a full 10 years.
As Jorgensen puts it, EA plans to make quite a few Star Wars games in that time across multiple platforms and, yep, those games include future Battlefront titles.
Our goal is to make future Battlefront games as well as other style games around the Star Wars franchise, both on mobile as well as console and PC. It’s a huge opportunity for us. We get access to all of the historical content as well as all the new content developed. The beauty of the Star Wars franchise is it’s almost unlimited in what you can do with it.
Jorgensen goes on to state that he has confidence Disney will make movies boasting quality worlds, characters, vehicles and the like, things that make for great video games. He explained that EA does not intend to make games directly related to the upcoming movies, however, but rather to use the IP to make “exciting games” that take place in that same galaxy far, far away.
Jorgensen explained that, so long as they stay within the established fiction of the Star Wars universe, EA basically has freedom to make any gaming experiences they want.
Which begs the question, dear reader: What types of Star Wars games, other than the future releases in the Battlefront series, would you like to see?