Just ahead of the re-launch of the Star Wars universe on the big screen, Electronic Arts also brought back a previous title. In honor of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens coming to theaters, EA released the third Battlefront game, but the first since 2005. Thanks to next generation systems in the PS4 and Xbox One, fans of the original games were eager to get back into the online multiplayer shooter set in the Star Wars mythology. The launch however did not go over as well as EA had hoped.
The lack of a campaign mode, split-screen online play, and having to pay even more money to reach the full potential of the game all frustrated consumers. Amid the backlash, EA announced that free DLC would be made available for all gamers, but special privileges would still be available for those willing to pay extra. Throughout it all, plans for another game continued, and now fans can know roughly when they could be playing Star Wars Battlefront 2.
During a conference call, EA chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen (via GamesRadar) confirmed that the followup will arrive in “a year from now,” which would bring the second game to shelves right around the two year mark from the re-launch. This release window allows the game to be available for the holiday season rush and right before Star Wars: Episode VIII hits theaters. In order to bring back lost customers and keep those who continue to play coming back, Jorgensen says they are looking to expand upon the previous game:
We’re working very hard on making sure that it’s an extremely deep and engaging offering.
One of the most requested additions that anyone who played Battlefront is hoping for is the addition of a campaign mode. Initially, there was a campaign mode attached to Battlefront but they decided to cut the feature due to the time constraints regarding the project. With a full two years between releases, fans will continue to hope that this will be one of the new features added that would bring the depth to the game that Jorgensen desires.
Outside of added game modes, Battlefront 2 could also open the door for other characters to join the game. While Battlefront brought in familiar faces from the original trilogy, EA will hopefully be allowed to open up the universe more and include prequel trilogy characters or models and potentially characters from the new films. Thanks to the resurgence of the Star Wars movies, not including Rey, Kylo Ren, and others would be a surprising move to make, but it appears they will be included.
If these additions are made, questions will instantly arise as to whether or not the campaign mode or character/planet appearances are now canon. Battlefront existed in a grey area, but Lucasfilm has previously hoped that all Star Wars content from here on out would be official canon. If this is the case, the campaign mode could be greatly hindered in terms of what it could show, what characters could be used, and more. Hopefully, EA and Lucasfilm were able to figure this out for the betterment of the game, but only time will tell whether or not any of these additions are made.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for an official release date and updates for Star Wars Battlefront 2.