Star Wars Battlefront is shaping up to be one of the most dynamic and exciting Star Wars titles in the last few years, promising huge, 40-player battles on the ground and in the air across multiple planets made famous in the popular franchise. Fans only just got a good look at the highly anticipated shooter during the Star Wars Celebration event last week, but they are already awaiting additional details about the game.
With the first trailer finally out in the wild and the first details emerging over social media, talk has turned to potential DLC plans for the game. Since DICE announced that the first pack, Battle of Jakku, would be free a few weeks after the launch of Star Wars Battlefront, fans have begun to wonder if DICE is holding anything else back prior to release.
Taking to Reddit, DICE producer Jesper Nielsen, didn’t hold back from answering fan questions, revealing as much about the game as he could. One topic of discussion centered around DICE’s plans for downloadable content and whether or not things were being held back to be eventually repackaged into paid DLC. Attempting to put any potential fears to rest, Jesper had this to say:
“I cannot stress this enough; there will be more than 8 maps! 🙂
Also, the amount of content in the game has absolutely zero to do with DLC. I can say that with all honesty.
As for expanding on strengths of the previous games; I think most people will find that it does expand on the strengths of the previous games, when it comes to core gameplay and what the feeling of a Battlefront game is. Just my two cents.”
When pressed by fans over the lack of space battles in the game and whether or not that would be something appearing later through paid content, Nielsen went on to comment:
“No. Please don’t make me break what I can and cannot say, but if you think there’s anything we’re not including in the game to save it for DLC, I can tell you you’re 100% wrong. In this project, I’ve never heard anyone say ‘Let’s not do this for launch so we can do it as DLC instead’. Ever.”
It’s not much of a surprise hearing the concern over downloadable content when players consider EA and DICE’s track record with their Battlefield franchise of games. After releasing back in 2011, Battlefield 3 introduced the Premium membership to gamers as a paid service that offered early access to map pack expansions and other in game unlockable items. This option has gone on to become a standard model for both Battlefield 4 and Battlefield Hardline as well. At this time, there’s been no mention of a service like this for Star Wars Battlefront, but it wouldn’t be surprising to hear that something like this is on the table.
While DICE has worked to lessen longtime fans potential fears by announcing that the game would offer a first and third person view in addition to confirming that Battlefront will be more than just a reskinned Battlefield title, concerns have continue to rise over certain features missing such as the lack of a dedicated single player campaign. With most of the year still remaining before anyone gets their hands on the title in full, there’s still a lot that isn’t known and could change about this ambitious shooter between now and then.
Star Wars: Battlefront is set to release on November 17, 2015 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.