EA’s Blake Jorgensen hints at the prospect of future Star Wars Battlefront games, as well as confirming that the publisher can make games based on new Star Wars content.
Star Wars Battlefront may only be releasing today, but publisher Electronic Arts is already moving on to other projects. Indeed, EA has even tentatively suggested that the multiplayer-focused shooter series is set to have further iterations in future. In a talk at UBS Global Technology Conference in San Francisco, CFO Blake Jorgensen revealed the publisher’s licensing deal with Star Wars owner Disney will result in multiple Battlefront games – as well as other games outside of the franchise.
“We struck a licensing deal with Disney a few years back that’s almost ten years in length,” explained Jorgensen during the conference. Jorgensen then went on to confirm EA’s intention to release future Star Wars Battlefront titles. “Our goal is to make future Battlefront games,” said Jorgensen, who then continued to reiterate that the publisher will be releasing other “games around the Star Wars franchise, both on mobile as well as console and PC.”
Star Wars Battlefront has been one of the most highly anticipated video game releases of 2015, albeit with a level of caution from fans of the previous Battlefront games. EA and developer DICE slowly released information on the title up until the game’s open beta, which hosted 9 million players. Then, players were able to get a first look at the game in question, leading to a mixed reception to the multiplayer combat on show.
With the game now released, reviews have come flooding in that generally back up most fan opinions on the matter, with suggestions that the game lacks a little on deep content. As a release day hiccup, some fans have also suffered from problems with the game at launch. Ultimate Edition owners have been receiving an error message requesting the player updates the game, even after an update has already been made.
EA had previously set a sales target of 13 million units for the title, predicting strong commercial success for the game. With the game only released, it’s hard for the publisher to give a finite estimate of how the game will sell – particularly against stiff opposition such as Fallout 4, which has already gained over $100 million in digital sales. It is perhaps presumptive of the publisher to suggest that the series is set for further releases at this point in time, especially when the critical reception has not quite hit home.
Jorgensen also revealed that EA is looking beyond the likes of Battlefront for further Star Wars titles, and that the publisher’s deal with Disney also includes any new Star Wars content that the media giant creates. However, Jorgensen stated that EA has little intention to make straight tie-ins to the new trilogy. “Our goal is not to make video games directly about the movies, it’s to use the IP in the movie to make great, exciting games,” said Jorgensen. Let’s see what the publisher has in store with the franchise.
Star Wars Battlefront is out now for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.