The rumours were swirling long before the truth of the matter was laid bare, and on the announcement that EA had acquired the rights to develop games based on the Star Wars license it was all but confirmed that fans would finally see a new Battlefront game blink in the bright light of day.
Sure enough, at E3 2013 EA and DICE revealed an all-new Star Wars: Battlefront in development at the newly formed DICE LA.
Before the team at DICE even knew that EA was in talks to grab the Star Wars license, however, DICE Executive Producer Patrick Bach says that the team had been having casual discussions about the prospects of a new DICE-developed Battlefront game in the future:
“It’s quite interesting,” said Bach speaking at a BAFTA event in London recently. “For some strange reason – coincidence, I don’t know – we had a discussion at the office about what happened to Battlefront. You know, the old IP that someone else made that was a ripoff of Battlefield. Bastards! We should’ve made it. It was a competition of powers. We couldn’t do both at the same time.”
When EA gave DICE the chance to work on a new Battlefront, however, the team jumped at the chance, which Bach now describes as “scary:”
“We weren’t as cocky when we got the chance, because to take on something like this is scary, as you can imagine. You can only screw up, right? We’ve been promising ourselves if we’re doing this we need to do it right. So trust me, we’re hard at work to figure this one out.”
Do you have faith in the team at DICE and trust that, together with DICE LA (formerly Danger Close), Battlefront fans will get the game they’ve been waiting for years to materialise?
We’ll have to wait until 2015 to see the fruits of their labour, but in the meantime, what do you hope to see in the new game?