The video game tie in has long been a reality when it comes to popular and otherwise lucrative film franchises. Though this sort of thing has been happening since the home console was more or less invented, over the years the quality of the games based on films has thankfully grown by leaps and bounds.
When EA’s Star Wars Battlefront debuted this past fall, gamers were extremely eager to test out a Star Wars video game that actually looked like at least some of the iconic Star Wars films. Too often over the years games have come and gone that quite frankly, bare a resemblance to the franchise they’re modelled after in name only. This time around, it certainly looked like the real thing.
Whether or not the current consensus on Star Wars Battlefront is a positive one, a large portion of gamers are more than satisfied with the game’s nods to the original Star Wars trilogy. As new DLC has continued to arrive, many have hoped that the game would slide into more tie-in territory with The Force Awakens. Unfortunately, we now know that such a thing won’t be happening.
During a quarter earnings call, EA’s CEO Blake Jorgensen addressed the issue of The Force Awakens being a part of upcoming Battlefront expansion packs. For his part (per Polygon), Jorgensen was quick to make it clear than any inclusion of The Force Awakens would render the current original trilogy storyline of Battlefront inaccurate:
"You can't make a game in Star Wars that violates the canon of Star Wars."
Jorgensen further explained that because Battlefront is set during the films of the original trilogy, any addition of the four other Star Wars films would be unfaithful to the franchise. However, Jorgensen did not rule out bringing Episode VII content into future Star Wars games.
Though confirmation that Battlefront will never be an Episode VII tie-in might rankle some, this sort of commitment on the part of EA can also be viewed as an assurance of quality. EA seems to be focused on the creative development of the expanded Star Wars universe and as such, refusing to align the present with the past makes perfect sense.
If this sort of time and consideration is going to be put into helping build the Star Wars universe, fans will have a richer, more complex experience – rather than a mishmash of recognisable elements from a handful of films. In the end, this is an important element in creating quality games that fans will want to play.
Star Wars Battlefront is available now for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.