While EA DICE’s 2015 Star Wars Battlefront reboot nailed the look and feel of the many epic battles of the Star Wars movies, it was an ultimately shallow experience that was criticized for its lack of engaging single player content and expensive downloadable content.
Admittedly, DICE made strides to try and address some of these issues, including the addition of an offline Skirmish mode last summer that allowed players to play some of the game’s exciting multiplayer maps and modes offline in split-screen with A.I. bots, but these sort of improvements were too little, too late for many players who had already long moved on to other games.
Fortunately, new details have emerged regarding DICE’s plans for the sequel and it sounds like it will deliver the experience many Star Wars fans wanted from the first game.
During a financial call this week, EA boss Andrew Wilson confirmed that the next Star Wars Battlefront, which is due out sometime this fall, will not only include a full single-player campaign, but that the game will draw from multiple Star Wars era, rather than just the original trilogy films like in the first game.
“Our next Star Wars Battlefront will be even bigger, taking players into more locations and allowing them to play with more heroes and characters across multiple Star Wars eras,” said Wilson. “There will be new ways to play, including an all new single-player campaign and much, much more that we are excited to share with our players in the months ahead.”
Wilson later went on to elaborate on how the sequel will attempt to address the criticisms leveled at the first game. “This is going to be a big game. The first game was very well received. It was widely regarded as a game that fulfilled people’s Star Wars fantasies in ways they could never imagine. But it was also a game where people asked for a lot more, and a lot more depth and a lot more of the greatness of the game kind of embodied.
“This game, again, is going to be in more locations, more game modes, more eras, including a full single-player campaign which is very, very exciting. So, we have every reason to believe we’re delivering fans exactly what they’re asking for with respect to a Star Wars game.”
Wilson also revealed that Star Wars Battlefront 2 will be the product of three studios this time out: DICE, Motive, and Criterion. Hopefully they can pull it off and finally deliver a worthy successor to Pandemic’s Star Wars Battlefront 2 from 2005.