Game publisher Electronic Arts officially reveals its dedication to developing a Star Wars Battlefront sequel that’s set for release sometime in 2017.
It seems as if Electronic Arts is going to make good on its word after teasing last year it would put out future sequels for Star Wars Battlefront, for the company’s Chief Financial Officer, Blake Jorgensen, has now confirmed that the first of these will release in 2017. However, it’s important to note that the publisher’s CFO was unclear as to whether or not he meant the calendar year, or EA’s next fiscal year that just started on April 1, but it’s probably safe to assume he’s suggesting sometime after this upcoming January.
In order to entice fans and investors alike during an earnings call, though, the EA executive went on to say that the second Star Wars Battlefront would contain “bigger and better worlds.” Not only did Jorgensen boast that the upcoming sequel to Star Wars Battlefront would be more lavish than 2015’s version, but also he proclaimed the game would have content from “the new movies.”
Nevertheless, the Electronic Arts CFO failed to mention which films in particular would be comprised in the forthcoming release, but if we had to guess, The Force Awakens is a heavy candidate, especially considering the fact that the Battlefront reboot contained DLC featuring The Battle of Jakku. Plus, with Rogue One coming out this December, it’s possible that content for the spinoff could be created as well.
Perhaps most interestingly, however, was Jorgensen’s announcement that EA plans to release one new Star Wars game every year for the next three to four years, which could lead to franchise fatigue if the Electronic Arts CFO is implying that an annual Battlefront title is in the cards. Of course, such an assertion is just plain conjecture at this point, for Visceral’s and Motive’s game involving Star Wars will probably be one title used to spice up the yearly release schedule, while the Titanfall developers over at Respawn Entertainment have an action-adventure game on deck for the sci-fi series as well.
In any event, a sequel to Star Wars Battlefront should come as no big surprise to anyone, as Electronic Arts beat its prediction of moving 13 million units by going on to ship upwards of 14 million copies for the 2015 title. Not to mention, with Star Wars being a global phenomenon, it’s not as if most gaming fans would be shocked if another Battlefront came out even if the reboot ended up being a financial flop.
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Star Wars Battlefront is out now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.