Sorry Force Awakens Fans, EA Says Battlefront is Original Trilogy Era Only

Sorry Force Awakens Fans, EA Says Battlefront is Original Trilogy Era Only

A Tweet from Electronic Arts has confirmed that Star Wars: Battlefront will focus remain original trilogy only even after the success of The Force Awakens.

We've long known that DICE and Electronic Arts don't have any plans to add units and content from the Star Wars prequels to their recent reboot of Star Wars: Battlefront. With the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens however, many gamers could perhaps be excused for assuming that the game might capitalize on the new film with some new era DLC. According EA'S official Star Wars Twitter account however, that won't be the case.

Responding to a fan's question, Electronic Arts has reiterated that Battlefront will be original trilogy era only. More specifically, the fan asked if there will be any Episode VII content in the next batch of DLC for the game. Writing back, EA said that the game's development team "is focusing on the original trilogy for this release of Star Wars Battlefront." You could point to the recent Jakku release as contradicting this but, then again, that was still based within the rough time period of the original trilogy.

While this stance isn't necessarily surprising given EA and DICE's decision to keep Battlefront prequel free, it does raise some interesting possibilities for the already planned sequels to the popular multiplayer shooter. For instance, perhaps Battlefront 2 will focus its attention exclusively on the new sequels. Then, when they've exhausted all of that content, Battlefront 3 could give us a game based around the famous battles from the prequels (and the Clone Wars TV show please). While you could make a valid argument that EA and DICE should just release updates to the current Battlefront, I'm going to go ahead and say that, if they feel they have to release sequels, I'd actually like that approach. It would allow the current Battlefront to stay relevant while also giving fans a chance to dip their toes in different periods of the Star Wars universe. What do you guys think?

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On the downside, we won't get to play any of the new movie settings. But on the plus-side, we won't have to be reminded of the prequels.

You win some, you lose some.

And Square Enix said over and over again that there wasn't going to be a Final Fantasy 7 remake.

Writing back, EA said that the game's development team "is focusing on the original trilogy for this release of Star Wars Battlefront."

They're not shooting down the possibility, if ever I've heard corporate speak, this translates to "Not right now, but in a future installment, you got it!"

Let's hope the force of money drives them to the light rather than the dark side, but it's EA, so I'm not making any bets.

"I'd actually like that approach. It would allow the current Battlefront to stay relevant while also giving fans a chance to dip their toes in different periods of the Star Wars universe. What do you guys think?"

You sure about that? That a company like EA would try keep the first game alive and relevant alongside a sequel and not just cut all support for it along whatever else they can do to subtly force people to move onto the next sequel to make max money there. Granted Battlefield 3 is still going well (I think, just blind assumption here) along with number 4 though, I guess its just a case of you never know with a company like EA, we're definitely going to pay $60 plus whatever the season pass will be for the actual full experience every time though ugh.

But not to be a sour Sally, an individual game fully focusing on each period could work nicely especially if they go a bit more all out, maybe even dip into the more popular parts of EU a bit even though its non-canon just for the fun of it, I wouldn't mind a Kyle Katarn hero cameo or so haha

Don't worry EA, we knew you guys were cheap hacks who couldn't possibly put in any effort if it didn't mean squeezing an extra 120 dollars out of a fanbase. We know you're currently busy with your "embarrassment of riches" for 2017. Maybe Battlefront 4 will feature 5 maps at launch and just a reasonable 200 dollars worth of DLC by the end of 2020, featuring the new trilogy.

Well of course theyre not going to put prequel content in, that way EA can sell us another $110 game after theyre done with the current one.

RJ Dalton:
On the downside, we won't get to play any of the new movie settings.

What new movie settings? Not-Tatooine, Not-Mos Eisley or Not-Death Star?

"This release"?

They already have the Jakku map. Maybe they're only talking about the first DLC?

Include Episode 7 stuff?

And risk having enough content to warrant the price tag?

Never.

Oh well, there's always the Battlefront 2 modding community.

Johnny Novgorod:

RJ Dalton:
On the downside, we won't get to play any of the new movie settings.

What new movie settings? Not-Tatooine, Not-Mos Eisley or Not-Death Star?

Don't forget Not-Jabba's Palace!

Blitsie:
"I'd actually like that approach. It would allow the current Battlefront to stay relevant while also giving fans a chance to dip their toes in different periods of the Star Wars universe. What do you guys think?"

You sure about that? That a company like EA would try keep the first game alive and relevant alongside a sequel and not just cut all support for it along whatever else they can do to subtly force people to move onto the next sequel to make max money there. Granted Battlefield 3 is still going well (I think, just blind assumption here) along with number 4 though, I guess its just a case of you never know with a company like EA, we're definitely going to pay $60 plus whatever the season pass will be for the actual full experience every time though ugh.

But not to be a sour Sally, an individual game fully focusing on each period could work nicely especially if they go a bit more all out, maybe even dip into the more popular parts of EU a bit even though its non-canon just for the fun of it, I wouldn't mind a Kyle Katarn hero cameo or so haha

Yeah, obviously that would be a best case scenario, but as you say: it's EA.

I think you guys need to learn how to spell. That first paragraph is awful.

Just want to point out to everyone that the game is barely a month old and it was already on sale on PSN for forty bucks. Shows you how well the game is doing. The sale wasn't on Cyber Monday or Black Friday either.

Anyway, what a shocker. I look forward to Battlefront 4 that will be nothing but the prequels and then Battlefront 5 that will be nothing but the new movies.(So pretty much Battlefront 3 with a reskin)

RJ Dalton:
But on the plus-side, we won't have to be reminded of the prequels

what are you talking about m8
it would be fucking sick if they put in coruscant or a setting like that from the prequels

I imagine it's something to do with licensing.

Goddamnit EA, you stupid dicks. Like another poster said above, Clone Wars/Prequels and Episode VII onwards will likely be separate releases at 110 each. This deal is getting worse all the time! And an unnecessary splitting of the potential player-base. I see no longevity in this current model.

Johnny Novgorod:

RJ Dalton:
On the downside, we won't get to play any of the new movie settings.

What new movie settings? Not-Tatooine, Not-Mos Eisley or Not-Death Star?

The forest planet seemed closer to Yavin 4 and the Not-Death Star does look different outside of the bases so there is that.

Eclipse Dragon:
And Square Enix said over and over again that there wasn't going to be a Final Fantasy 7 remake.

Writing back, EA said that the game's development team "is focusing on the original trilogy for this release of Star Wars Battlefront."

They're not shooting down the possibility, if ever I've heard corporate speak, this translates to "Not right now, but in a future installment, you got it!"

Let's hope the force of money drives them to the light rather than the dark side, but it's EA, so I'm not making any bets.

Sure, they could ADD it to the actual game through DLC with probably a minimum of cost and effort on their part but instead they're gonna make it into a completely separate game for $60 with another $50 Season Pass. They're gonna milk it, same with the prequels as well I bet.

Wait but Battlefront 2 already exists. And it covers the prequels. And the original trilogy. And a campaign spanning both timelines and a period in-between to let them do stormtroopers vs. clones and stormtroopers vs. droids. And a Galactic Campaign mode which lets you play as rebels, clones, empire, or droids and conquer the galaxy. And it has space battles. And fun modes like Hunt which lets you play as a planet's indigenous species or as the people trying to kill them. You can literally just kill tons of Gun-guns if you wanted.

Not sure how they managed to push out a sequel so soon though. And at $10 too. Bold move. Graphics are nowhere near as good but it has like 10x the content though so that's nice.

Okay I'm done being snarky. But if they're gonna try to replace the old Battlefront games then they need to either match it in terms of content or quality and with Battlefront 2015 the only things it's got over the old ones is it looks a lot better and it has easy-to-get-into multiplayer. But the old ones had all that stuff I mentioned above. So, you know.

wow, I feel increasingly dumb for purchasing this game after a long-held hatred of it. I hated the politics and the economics behind the whole project, but then I played it at a friend's house and actually had a lot of fun, and isn't that what gaming is about? so I bought it. and not once have they vindicated that purchase. ugh. scummy bastards. EA is lucky that Konami has been so shitty this year.

Johnny Novgorod:

RJ Dalton:
On the downside, we won't get to play any of the new movie settings.

What new movie settings? Not-Tatooine, Not-Mos Eisley or Not-Death Star?

I try to justify the similarity by keeping one thing in mind: it's always supposed to have been similar. as Lucas himself said, it's like Poetry, it rhymes. and watching the movie with that in mind, knowing that abrahms could have gone off that course, but chose not too, KNOWING that some fans would find issue with it... I think it shows a dedication to the material and the vision.

Have they added bots and a singleplayer campaign into the game, yet? If the answer is still no then none of this is relevant. I wouldn't even consider it news. Just a random collection of words that reaffirms the game isn't worth my, or anyone else's, time.

Irridium:
Wait but Battlefront 2 already exists. And it covers the prequels. And the original trilogy. And a campaign spanning both timelines and a period in-between to let them do stormtroopers vs. clones and stormtroopers vs. droids. And a Galactic Campaign mode which lets you play as rebels, clones, empire, or droids and conquer the galaxy. And it has space battles. And fun modes like Hunt which lets you play as a planet's indigenous species or as the people trying to kill them. You can literally just kill tons of Gun-guns if you wanted.

I find it amusing on some level that both Battlefront 1 and 2 are near-literally 1/2 prequel content, are both highly-beloved games, and yet there are people who are thinking "At least Battlefront EA is Prequel content free" as if the lack of prequel content is somehow a major selling point and that to include it would be a major reason people would want to avoid the game.

Hahahahahaha... so, "they'll add it with Season Pass" people, what did I tell you? I told you those fucking pricks from EA are making a bare skeleton of a Battlefront game and selling it to you for a price of two fully fledged games and you didn't believe me.

Johnny Novgorod:

RJ Dalton:
On the downside, we won't get to play any of the new movie settings.

What new movie settings? Not-Tatooine, Not-Mos Eisley or Not-Death Star?

You forgot Not-Yavin.

martyrdrebel27:

Johnny Novgorod:

RJ Dalton:
On the downside, we won't get to play any of the new movie settings.

What new movie settings? Not-Tatooine, Not-Mos Eisley or Not-Death Star?

I try to justify the similarity by keeping one thing in mind: it's always supposed to have been similar. as Lucas himself said, it's like Poetry, it rhymes. and watching the movie with that in mind, knowing that abrahms could have gone off that course, but chose not too, KNOWING that some fans would find issue with it... I think it shows a dedication to the material and the vision.

I'll counter it with the argument that there is a story that basically retells the original trilogy, but does it in a fresh way so the rehashing is nowhere near as obvious as the Force Awakens. The name of that story is Knights of the Old Republic. Somehow a canadian game dev could do it in a more subtle way than Abrams and his crew.

RealRT:

martyrdrebel27:

Johnny Novgorod:

What new movie settings? Not-Tatooine, Not-Mos Eisley or Not-Death Star?

I try to justify the similarity by keeping one thing in mind: it's always supposed to have been similar. as Lucas himself said, it's like Poetry, it rhymes. and watching the movie with that in mind, knowing that abrahms could have gone off that course, but chose not too, KNOWING that some fans would find issue with it... I think it shows a dedication to the material and the vision.

I'll counter it with the argument that there is a story that basically retells the original trilogy, but does it in a fresh way so the rehashing is nowhere near as obvious as the Force Awakens. The name of that story is Knights of the Old Republic. Somehow a canadian game dev could do it in a more subtle way than Abrams and his crew.

i'll re-counter with the recognition that you can be a lot more subtle in a hundred hour RPG than you can in a 2 hour film.

martyrdrebel27:

RealRT:

martyrdrebel27:

I try to justify the similarity by keeping one thing in mind: it's always supposed to have been similar. as Lucas himself said, it's like Poetry, it rhymes. and watching the movie with that in mind, knowing that abrahms could have gone off that course, but chose not too, KNOWING that some fans would find issue with it... I think it shows a dedication to the material and the vision.

I'll counter it with the argument that there is a story that basically retells the original trilogy, but does it in a fresh way so the rehashing is nowhere near as obvious as the Force Awakens. The name of that story is Knights of the Old Republic. Somehow a canadian game dev could do it in a more subtle way than Abrams and his crew.

i'll re-counter with the recognition that you can be a lot more subtle in a hundred hour RPG than you can in a 2 hour film.

I'll re-re-counter that with the fact that the way elements were presented has nothing to do with the game's longevity. Take Star Forge as an example. Star Forge is a stand-in for Death Star as the ultimate weapon space thingamajig - but it's not a planet destroyer, but rather a factory of tremendous power and it looks different visually as well. Why couldn't they do something like this instead of copying Death Star beat-for-beat?

Given that Jakku was intended specifically to tie things with the new trilogy, surely this isn't the case even if they intend it to be.

Oh, and just give me a new Rogue Squadron game, dammit. I don't even care if it retreads the battles in 1-3.

RJ Dalton:
On the downside, we won't get to play any of the new movie settings. But on the plus-side, we won't have to be reminded of the prequels.

You win some, you lose some.

I dunno. Between possibly getting to use the Naboo shuttle and the option of shooting Gungans, I like the idea of the prequels being included.

Eclipse Dragon:
And Square Enix said over and over again that there wasn't going to be a Final Fantasy 7 remake.

Now, THAT I wish wasn't happening.

They're not shooting down the possibility, if ever I've heard corporate speak, this translates to "Not right now, but in a future installment, you got it!"

Right, meaning we get them in the sequel they're already working on, despite not having finished this game yet. And given how limited the content is, we're likely to end up in a scenario where the next game gets minimal/limited support. I bought this game in part because all my friends have it. When Battlefront 2 comes out, I'ma bet that number drops to about zero.

Elfgore:
Just want to point out to everyone that the game is barely a month old and it was already on sale on PSN for forty bucks. Shows you how well the game is doing. The sale wasn't on Cyber Monday or Black Friday either.

If we're using that as a metric, there aren't many games doing well on PSN, period. Just Cause 3 and Rock Band 4 are, apparently.

Li Mu:
I imagine it's something to do with licensing.

They have the whole shebang liscensed

This seems an off marketing decision in many ways. While the Prequel Movies themselves were loathed, anything related to the Clone Troopers was and continues to be merchandising gold. Betweeb the differing armor and personal paint schemes, the ability for players to play as the "good guy" variants of Storm Troopers. The shear depth that they gave to the Clone Forces and Vehicles post movies it seems foolish to leave all of that on the table. Plus why leave out the visceral indulgence of shooting GunGuns for target practice?

The same with the new stuff. We have at least 5 "sides" shown in TFA. With distinct armor and gear. So why for their tactical shooter game, limit themselves to the dullest most generic time period for that type of gameplay and content?

Well the bright side is that we might get new trilogy stuff in a sequel game that isn't just an enormous bag of dicks.

 

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