After two holiday shopping seasons with little to be excited about, current-gen console gamers are finally going to have more games than time this winter. The fall/winter gaming season is jam-packed with AAA titles like Fallout 4, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and other games that are sure to monopolize their lives over the holidays. Near the top of that list for fans of shooters and galaxies far, far away is Star Wars Battlefront.
Although Star Wars Battlefront is not a direct tie-in to the film that also releases this winter, the game is certainly going to benefit from the Star Wars hype that has already captured the world. As new toys continue to sell out at Target’s around the world, the upcoming Star Wars shooter continues to rack up pre-order sales. It’s hard to imagine that any company would consider passing on a Star Wars game when the IP is about to become the most popular its been since the early 80s, but DICE actually considered not making the game.
Making a Star Wars game and releasing it the same year as a new movie sounds a bit like printing money, but it’s important to remember that a company like DICE has a lot on its plate to begin with. Building an enormous AAA Star Wars game requires a lot of money and time and according to studio general manager Patrick Bach, DICE nearly didn’t make room for the game in its schedule…
“Disney came to EA looking for a partner to make games and suggested, ‘Maybe DICE should make a Battlefront game.’ On our side, we had this opportunity but were fully booked with other work and thought, ‘Argh, we can’t do that!’ But then the heart kicks in, says ‘we will figure it out,’ and we figured it out. Because you can’t say no to a project like that.”
Based on early buzz, it sounds like DICE made the right decision. We’ll all have a better idea about the game’s quality once the open-beta kicks off in a few weeks, but for now the trailers have done plenty of work to get fans excited for the game. Some hands-on demos have suggested that the fighter squadron mode doesn’t do enough to make the ships feel unique and different, but the trailer features enough iconic ships to make any Star Wars fan geek out.
DICE loves to take risks, so it’s no surprise that the company put itself on a tight schedule to complete Star Wars Battlefront on time. The game’s beta starts on October 8 and (fingers crossed) there are no rumblings of delays for the massive game. Players should be battling online before Thanksgiving and playing the movie tie-in DLC by the first of December.
Do you think that Star Wars Battlefront will be a game of the year contender or just another FPS to kill a few hours? Let us know in the comments.
Star Wars Battlefront is set to release on November 17, 2015 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One