Despite early fan complaints at a reduction in content compared to earlier installments, EA's relaunch of Star Wars Battlefront was one of the bigger video game hits of last year. Buoyed by high interest in the franchise thanks to the (then) impending release of The Force Awakens and a massive marketing push centered on Star Wars nostalgia appeal, the game managed to move an impressive 14 million copies -- a significantly higher number than its developer had initially predicted.
Now, EA has announced Star Wars Battlefront 2 for a tentative release date, promising more of the shooter gameplay fans love and content based on the new films.
Released prior to The Force Awakens' theatrical debut, the first Battlefront focused on characters, designs, weaponry, and ships from the original trilogy. While it's not known what from the new films will make its way into the sequel specifically, fans will likely be expecting new gear from the newly-introduced Resistance and First Order factions. Many will certainly also be anticipating the chance to play as new characters like Kylo Ren, Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron.
As part of the same announcement (which did not go on to specify whether "next year" refered to sometime in 2017 or the company's next fiscal year) EA clarified that they are planning to release one new Star Wars title each year for the next 3-4 years. While an unusually specific commitment in the context of the games industry, it mirrors Disney/Lucasfilm's strategy for the films -- which will see a new Star Wars film released each year with "Stories" spin-offs like the upcoming Rogue One hitting in between installments of the main series.
Battlefront 2 joins an already well-stocked slate of upcoming Star Wars titles, including an unnamed space action title from Visceral and Motive along with a third-person action title from Respawn, the developers of the hit Titanfall franchise -- none of which have yet been named or dated but are confirmed to be in active development. Speaking on the subject of the new game, EA Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen explained:
"Next year we’ll see Star Wars Battlefront back with bigger and better worlds, because we now have the new movies to work off [and] not just the historical movies that we used before."
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is available on DVD & Blu-ray now, with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opening in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017, the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25, 2018, Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019, and the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.