DICE On Star Wars Battlefront: “Please Give Us This Game”
In a new interview on CVG EA’s Patrick Söderlund talks about how DICE almost didn’t get the Star Wars Battlefront licence:
“I’m glad you say that because it was almost not happening. It was just something as boring as resources and availability. The DICE guys Karl Magnus Troedsson and Patrick Bach were talking and I told them we were in dialogues with Disney over this deal and they just looked at me and said, “Why haven’t you spoken to us? What are you doing? We want to make Battlefront.”
DICE is a very particular place and they are very proud of what they do and you don’t really tell them what to do. I didn’t anticipate them wanting to work on a license – they’ve always been new IP or their own IP. But they were just like, ‘we would kill to make this game’ and the whole studio started talking about it like, ‘please give us this game’.”
A new instalment in the Star Wars Battlefront franchise was teased at E3. DICE are the developers of the huge Battlefield franchise, a series Battlefront has always taken inspiration from. Battlefront 3 is a project that has restarted and stopped many times over so it’s refreshing that it looks like it’s finally on its way. Albeit in a new form; EA have confirmed the game will not be named Battlefront 3 and instead be numberless. Whether it releases as simply Battlefront or it’s pegged with a subtitle remains to be seen.
At the time I wondered if EA hadn’t handed DICE the game because it was such a perfect fit for them. Instead it’s great to hear that they actually asked for the franchise in particular. Especially as it’s running on Frostbite 3, an engine DICE themselves created. The only downside to the announcement is that XBLA shooter First Assault, intended to be the first step towards a new Battlefront, is probably now dead. Tragically the game was practically finished. It’s possible EA have acquired the assets and are sat on them waiting for a time to release them. But that seems an unusual move for a game that’s done. The same goes for 1313, no news is unfortunately bad news. We heard how it was possible the game would still be released but E3 has come and gone and nobody even mentioned the game, a fact I said back in March would be an exceedingly bad sign. So the games LucasArts were working on before their closure are probably now gone for good.
Star Wars Battlefront currently has no release window and is confirmed to be a title for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.