There won’t be a Battlefield game for a “couple of years” as EA focuses its attention on Star Wars Battlefront. The announcement came from EA’s chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen, speaking at Nasdaq’s 35th Investor Program. Battlefield 1 debuted to a lot of acclaim last month, and the game is set to pick up four additional expansion packs.
Jorgensen said that EA “won’t have another Battlefield back for a couple of years. Next year we’ll have Battlefront, the Star Wars game.” According to the executive, next year’s Battlefront will be “much bigger” and “much more exciting” than the 2015 title, with EA looking to add a more detailed storyline this time around:
We were very excited about how Star Wars [Battlefront] came out last year. It’s a beautiful game, people loved it. I think if there was criticism they just wanted more. And so we’re taking that criticism to heart as we build the next game and trying to address any of the issues that they had.
The other thing is, we were really working with the old canvas of Star Wars, the old trilogy, we weren’t using any of the new materials that came out of [Episode 8] because our game actually came out slightly before the movie. Next year we’ll have the opportunity to leverage more of that content from the new movies and we think that’ll make the opportunity much larger.
There seems to be no waning in the excitement around the Star Wars world. We’ve got another movie coming up obviously in a few weeks and people are very excited about it, and so we’re looking forward to bringing to the table next year a much bigger, much more exciting Battlefront for consumers.
No date just yet, but it looks like Star Wars Battlefront will hit shelves sometime at the end of 2017.