EA Confirms ‘Third-Person Component’ in ‘Star Wars: Battlefront’; Well Into Development

Jul 25, 2013 by  

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Following rumors that linked fan-favorite shooter studio DICE to development on Star Wars: Battlefront, updates on the highly-anticipated title have been relatively scarce. An E3 teaser trailer for Battlefront gave gamers a (very) brief glimpse at the epic scale DICE has planned for the project – featuring a Rebel Snowspeeder an AT-AT walker during the iconic Battle of Hoth. Of course, the teaser didn’t offer many concrete details – other than confirmation that the game would run on DICE’s Frostbite 3 engine.

However, just because the studio hasn’t been shotgunning gameplay footage across the Internet, doesn’t mean that they’re only in the early stages of delivering the next Battlefront installment.

Speaking to investors during Electronic Arts’ Fiscal Year 2014 Quarter 1 earnings call, EA Games Label president Frank Gibeau offered an update on their next Galaxy Far, Far Away shooter experience – claiming that the title is “well into development.” The update shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has been following the game’s lengthy journey from cancellation (while at Free Radical) to suggestions that DICE practically “begged” to take on development – even before Disney officially shuttered LucasArts.

Reflecting on the response to the Battlefront teaser and pre-release buzz, here’s the full quote from Gibeau:

“We showed 22 seconds of where we’re going with it and the fan response was very positive. The DICE team is well into development on that product already, so we feel very bullish about our shooter rotation over the next several years.”

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No official release date has been set for Star Wars: Battlefront but many gamers are expecting the title to fall into an alternating release schedule alongside the studio’s Battlefield series – to help prevent franchise fatigue. Gibeau’s suggestion that the publisher is confident in their “shooter rotation over the next several years” certainly lends credence to this line of thinking. If that turns out to be the case, players might only have to wait until Holiday 2014 to get their hands on the title – since Battlefield 4 is scheduled to launch later this year. Still, with Activision cranking out annual Call of Duty branded releases, it’s possible that EA still intends to annualize the Battlefield series – and that the rotation will actually be between Battlefront and the Medal of Honor games instead.

Still, claims that Battlefront will “innovate” could also mean that, even though the studio is “well into development,” they’ve still got a long way to go – and a 2015 launch (following the enormous buzz around a 2015 release for Star Wars: Episode 7) is still a possibility.

EA has yet to detail what they mean by “innovate” but Gibeau did confirm one feature on the call: “A third-person component.” Prior Battlefront games allowed for the ability to switch between first and third-person perspectives – and, following Gibeau’s comment, it’s likely the option will also be included in DICE’s iteration (at least in some form).

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Source: EA [via Videogamer]

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  1. Nice! Good luck EA and DICE! Actually thee 3rd person aspect really added too the strategy of playing online. I used first person when I was in corridors and 3rd while outside of building..works wonders

  2. I personally don’t care. I can’t see myself with a magic floating camera, so when I play a game, I want to be IN the game, not playing it, so I’ll be in first-person all of the time… Damn cheaters will be peaking around corners in 3rd person mode. Oh well…

    • It isn’t cheating. It’s a mechanic. Battlefront always had 3rd person as it should continue to have it. Don’t be so smug and think you better than those that don’t use first person. It was never the primary camera position in the first two installations, the first of DICE’s shouldn’t change it.

      • Damn right. I didn’t remember the game had a first person view until I got BF2 during the Steam sale. Always been a TPS to me.

      • @Medic

        Annnndddd, where exactly did you read me saying they should change it??? Didn’t I specify that *I* am the one that will not use it?? If you guys need to magically be able to see around obstacles without exposing any parts of your body, then that’s fine by me.

        • No we don’t NEED it but it is the core of the game as it was initially a TPS, one of the few decent ones I might add. If your preference is going in first person that’s fine and well, but don’t be an arrogant jerkoff and make it seem like you are better than people that don’t. It’s malicious and crude.

          • @Medic

            Okie doke dude, relax, I’ve been pretty clear that it’s all good with you guys playing any way you choose to using whatever “mechanic” you want to use. Geez, what more do you want?

            One of my favorite shooters of all time, Rogue Spear, they had 3rd person view in that game as an option not only during single player, but also during multiplayer, but they eventually patched it so 3rd person view was not available in multiplayer matches. It did have it in the beginning though. Pretty funny how obvious it was when someone was using it to try to get the jump on you, lol. I still won most of the time anyway… :-P So I guess I can’t complain…

    • Battlefront has also been a third person game, and will always be (better be) one. I just hope people with an attitude similar to yours dont turn this game into a competitive shooter. Its something very special to many Star Wars megafans out there, and turning it into an annual over the top always the same mechanics kind of deal will really hit many of us hard.

  3. please don’t f*** this up EA like you do with every other game you touch…

  4. i am very pleased.

  5. no 3rd person , no me. its star wars not real life.

  6. I hope there is a 1st person camera better than the original Battlefronts. I’ve always wanted to get the feel of being a clone or stormtrooper with an awesome HUD like in the Republic Commando game

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