Despite the fact that I enjoyed Star Wars Battlefront, I’ll be the first to admit it was nowhere near perfect.
It was great to experience the intensity and action of all-out Star Wars warfare, but the actual depth of the game was spread a little too thin. Despite some enjoyable post-release content, Battlefront was never truly able to shake that initial feeling of “this is just a tech demo for the eventual sequel.”
Speaking of that sequel, a blog post was made on EA’s Star Wars website about the franchise’s future:
You’ve stormed Echo Base countless times, scored a thousand victories in the battered cockpit of an A-Wing fighter, and overthrown legions of Stormtroopers as a hero of the Rebel Alliance. All the while, you’ve been providing the team at DICE with your feedback and insight.
We’ve been carefully reading your suggestions on forums, reviewing your feedback on social pages, and using your input to help drive us in creating more authentic Star Wars™ experiences. The latest January patch introduced important tweaks and balance fixes, addressing many of your key concerns.
While no future Skirmish content is planned, DICE isn’t done with Star Wars – the team has shifted its focus to creating the next great Star Wars game, a collaborative effort between three world-class studios: DICE, Criterion, and Motive. We look forward to sharing more with you later this year and thank you for being such a tremendous support of our work in a galaxy far, far away.
That next Star Wars game was detailed during EA Play last year:
A new installment of Star Wars Battlefront is currently in development at DICE, in collaboration with Motive™ Studios in Montreal. Our team at Motive team is growing quickly, and making great progress in building out a significant new addition to the game. While we’re not ready to get into specifics right now, we have started development of this game by listening to all of the feedback we received, while also innovating in new areas I think you’re all going to be excited about.
So what does this mean for Battlefront in 2017? Hopefully deeper content that doesn’t tire after an hour and an actual and more involving single-player experience. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the game be front and center at their EA Play presentation later this year. I’ll be keeping an eye out for it.