Star Wars: Battlefront In Good Hands At DICE, Claims EA

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Star Wars: Battlefront In Good Hands At DICE, Claims EA

Battlefield developer DICE is the perfect choice to continue the Star Wars: Battlefront series, and EA's Frank Gibeau has a long list of reasons why.

During EA's press conference at the recent E3 event in Los Angeles, developer DICE trotted out a few minutes of footage from the upcoming Battlefield 4. It was an enthralling segment, but for a brief few seconds prior the company treated all of us to something that few were expecting: An all-too-brief teaser of a new Star Wars: Battlefront title in development at DICE. Though we saw almost nothing concretely useful from the apparently pre-rendered footage, it largely overshadowed gamers' collective excitement for Battlefield 4.

The idea that DICE should be put in charge of Star Wars: Battlefront makes a lot of sense, as the Battlefront series has always been easily described as a variation on the themes DICE created for Battlefield, only with a recognizable film license to add extra sizzle to the metaphorical steak. If that's not enough to convince you of how exciting the reveal should be, here's a few dozen words from EA Labels president Frank Gibeau on why DICE is the only real choice for continuing the Star Wars: Battlefront franchise.

"Battlefront is a vehicle experience, it's a character experience," Gibeau told IGN in a recent interview. "DICE has proven, in how they develop Battlefield, as far as being able to do air, land, sea combat, all the way up to F-18s fighting ... They've been able to demonstrate through the Frostbite tech and through their design capabilities and talent that they can create these huge, epic set-piece wars. That's kind of the dream of Battlefront."

"But they're not just going to ape what we've seen in the past," he adds. "They're going to bring their own sensibilities and design ideas. We want to innovate. We want to try new things."

"There's a lot of new stuff that we're looking at too. From our perspective, it's capturing that epic, Star Wars, all-out huge scale. That's what we'll go after."

Based on what Gibeau said, it seems like the next Star Wars: Battlefront game will more or less be a Star Wars themed adaptation of Battlefield 4, with all the shiny graphics and expansive gameplay options that would entail. And honestly? That's absolutely what we want from Star Wars: Battlefront. We'll reserve judgement on the game until it's hit retail, but for now we stand cautiously optimistic.

Don't 'eff this up EA. The hopes of a million nerds ride on DICE getting this one right.

Source: IGN

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Not having played Battlefield 4, I have to ask. Does it have third person? If not, and then DICE goes and copies B4 for Battlefront, I'm gonna be pissed off.

Although honestly I'm still on the 'Battlefront isn't dead' high.

Something tells me they won't be calling George Lucas for consultation either :P

'Cause they'd come forward and say "we're concerned about who we gave this insanely highly anticipated game to", right?

All I hear is PR speak.

BUT, that being said, DICE has yet to severely disappoint, so... I'm willing to be it'll at least be good.

There better be space battles, and they better be good, dammit!

While I love the Battlefield games, I don't want Battlefront to turn out to be a Battlefield clone with a Star Wars skin. But that's what I'm afraid DICE will do. They need to get this right, they are reviving a much loved franchise, getting it right will earn them a lot of praise, getting it wrong however... I don't even want to think about the reactions.

When reading quickly, "Battlefield" and "Battlefront" don't even register as distinct words for me. XP

It better have third-person. It better damn well have third-person...

the next Star Wars: Battlefront game will more or less be a Star Wars themed adaptation of Battlefield 4, with all the shiny graphics and expansive gameplay options that would entail. And honestly? That's absolutely what we want from Star Wars: Battlefront.

That's not what I want. If I wanted that I'd buy Battlefield 4 instead. I want Star Wars Battlefront 3 because I genuinely liked the original Star War Battlefront and want to see a sequel to that game. I enjoyed the gameplay and the tone and the way everything worked and those are the reasons why I wanted another one at all.

EA, Dice, I want to belive you. I really do. But I just... can't.

Everybody knew that DICE would work on it as soon as EA acquired the exclusive Star Wars games license. I don't even know why they have to come out and defend DICE. For once, not a lot of people have a problem with what they're doing.

I really want them to manage a good balanced singleplayer round. Battlefront 2 had it perfect the way the rounds were set so your team were always slightly inferior to the other team, and were constantly slowly losing ground, it meant you had to constantly be pushing forward and could never sit on the sidelines and also never achieved absolute domination over the enemy, they were always advancing somewhere on the map and so were you.

And of course obligatory cry for 3rd Person and Space battles, they are central to a good Battlefront.

I love, love, love, love boobs (yeah, fooled you) and also the Battlefront games. But DICE in it's current state and being whipped into shape by EA let's me fear for the worst. But again, time will tell.

Edit: I'm almost sure that DICE is going to make a hell of a game. But then some slimy executive of EA rears it's ugly head and will say: 'Hey guys, don't forget to leave about 30% out of the game, because well, DLC of course gnagnagna'

Couldn't they just have shut up

I'd almost forgotten that EA had anything to do with this.

Any time EA says something I instantly become suspicious

I guess we'll not be getting BF2143 any time soon then. Sigh. Battlefront is just one of those games that passsd me by after I stopped caring about Star Wars. For me this is very disapointing, however DICE are the best multi-player devs currently after the disaster of Brink.

If 1313 had to get the axe for this game to be made, it was a great sacrifice. Still hoping it can be rescued from death, and given a cool sith name.

Yay I can't wait for the 5 exclusive DLC packs, microtransactions, and origin exclusive deals to squeeze any hope for this game I once had.

To me even if they make this game battlefront as I knew and loved it is long dead. This is more like a "modern" reboot which I have a feeling will play a lot slower paced and lots of grey.

DVS BSTrD:
Something tells me they won't be calling George Lucas for consultation either :P

Smart move.

All in all, while I'm not a huge Battlefield fan (and I never played the multiplayer Battlefront, although I did play a lot of single player), I can see Battlefield 4 and Battlefront use pretty much the same game with different skins with both working really well (especially if they add bots to increase the size of the teams). The original two Battlefronts were, for the most part, decent, but, in retrospect, a tad underwhelming, with very little progression (yes, I know you could get some better stuff, but it never quite got to the "you unlocked x gun" feeling of achievement that makes the Battlefield and CoD games particularly long lasting).

All in all, I'm hopeful about this pairing.

Most people probably knew DICE were a good choice for the franchise. I mean, Battlefront is mainly about shooting stuff, with no real depth or complication. That's pretty much Battlefield to me if I'm honest.

Don't get me wrong, from a technical standpoint DICE are one of the best studios in the freaking world, but they sway too much towards the 'ooh shiny' and not enough on the story and characters for my liking.

GAunderrated:
and lots of grey.

You mean a bit like this:

image

You can't pretend like BF1 and 2 had the most vibrant colour pallet beyond neon green, red and blue when a Jedi showed up.

Give DICE whatever shit you want for their singleplayer campaigns, but fuck me if they can't make a good combined arms multiplayer game.

Also, this is someone who doesn't mind playing vanilla BF3. It's still a good and fun game.

EA have been working pretty hard on their PR, haven't they?

I really want to see space battle evolve! Those were kickass! And heroes vs. villains mode! Boba Fett's coming for you...

"Star Wars: Battlefront In Good Hands At DICE"

Ok that puts to rest any fears i had, thank you news piece! ^^

"Claims EA"

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu-

bringer of illumination:
Couldn't they just have shut up

I'd almost forgotten that EA had anything to do with this.

Any time EA says something I instantly become suspicious

Hence why I'm now worried.

This isn't going to end well.

WouldYouKindly:
Give DICE whatever shit you want for their singleplayer campaigns, but fuck me if they can't make a good combined arms multiplayer game.

Also, this is someone who doesn't mind playing vanilla BF3. It's still a good and fun game.

I really, really have to disagree there. Most of the destruction capabilities were rendered moot by a massive overabundance of indestructible walls and objects, way too many non-open corridor-filled maps, guns often felt very similar (especially the sniper rifles), the balance was designed around hard-counters rather than soft ones (tanks vs infantry being a prime example), Engineer was very overpowered, the entire concept of weapons being only unlockable with real-world money; the list goes on. I honestly cannot say I'm not worried about the new Battlefront when these same people are the one's making it, especially when it risks homogenization due to the publisher.

I don't want a Battlefront game to seem like a serious military shooter in any way. I like my spacefights and non-AR / non-ironsight based gameplay.

If DICE turn this into a BF4 reskin... No.
I don't care too much about the third person perspective, but if it has battlefield gameplay... No, I think I'll pass. Sure the core of the gameplay - capturing bases to reduce enemy tickets - should stay the same, but the shooting should not be like the Battlefield series. That would make SWBF suck. Hard.

Earnest Cavalli:
Star Wars: Battlefront In Good Hands

Yay!

Earnest Cavalli:
At DICE, Claims EA

Aww...

Earnest Cavalli:

Based on what Gibeau said, it seems like the next Star Wars: Battlefront game will more or less be a Star Wars themed adaptation of Battlefield 4, with all the shiny graphics and expansive gameplay options that would entail. And honestly? That's absolutely what we want from Star Wars: Battlefront. We'll reserve judgement on the game until it's hit retail, but for now we stand cautiously optimistic.

Except... what if that's -not- what we want? I can't speak for everyone but... I don't want a Battlefield Star Wars mod. We have that. It's called First Strike. It's for BF2142. I want a Battlefront sequel -- something that updates the gameplay so it actually has things like physics, intelligent AI, and balanced weaponry while still retaining that distinct aesthetic feel that no other shooter so far has come close to. It's probably the only shooter in ages besides Deus Ex: HR that involved both third person and first person shooting that I played.

I trust EA and DICE as far as I can throw them.

As they have no physical form, I cannot throw them at all.

V da Mighty Taco:

WouldYouKindly:
Give DICE whatever shit you want for their singleplayer campaigns, but fuck me if they can't make a good combined arms multiplayer game.

Also, this is someone who doesn't mind playing vanilla BF3. It's still a good and fun game.

I really, really have to disagree there. Most of the destruction capabilities were rendered moot by a massive overabundance of indestructible walls and objects, way too many non-open corridor-filled maps, guns often felt very similar (especially the sniper rifles), the balance was designed around hard-counters rather than soft ones (tanks vs infantry being a prime example), Engineer was very overpowered, the entire concept of weapons being only unlockable with real-world money; the list goes on. I honestly cannot say I'm not worried about the new Battlefront when these same people are the one's making it, especially when it risks homogenization due to the publisher.

I don't want a Battlefront game to seem like a serious military shooter in any way. I like my spacefights and non-AR / non-ironsight based gameplay.

...but it's being done by an entirely separate studio? I mean, yeah, still reason for concern but it isn't DICE in Europe, it's DICE LA, an entirely new studio.

Color me cautiously optimistic. It's a new Star Wars Battlefront. That's enough cause for joy. And I'd love to see them expand on Galactic Conquest Mode. Even make it support multiple players via the internet and good times WILL be had.

And DICE is a pretty solid studio. There are others that I would have higher praise for, but when it comes to this, I think this is probably the best we could hope for.

Still, show me some gameplay. Until then, I'll just wait and watch. Until then, I'm not sold.

They better keep the third person view.

They BETTER fucking keep the third person view.

"EA says EA is doing a great job!" Shocking!

It looks like they're making a Star Wars-flavored spunkgargleweewee. As much as I like Star Wars, I don't like SpunkGargleWeeWees.

Battlefront is still dead, it seems. EA's just wearing it's clothes for a while until they don't sell 10 million copies (Gotta raise those expectations for the new gen!) and then they'll cancel the series while claiming it's just "resting".

Um which DICE is making this game? Is it the Real DICE Studios in Stockholm or DICE LA which is made up of mostly new people and ex medal of honour warfighter people?

If it's the former then my hopes are raised, if it's the latter then this doesn't give me much faith.

CardinalPiggles:

GAunderrated:
and lots of grey.

You mean a bit like this:

image

You can't pretend like BF1 and 2 had the most vibrant colour pallet beyond neon green, red and blue when a Jedi showed up.

Go look at screens of the Kashyyk, Felucia, Endor and Yavin maps. I never played Battlefront 1 but number 2 had plenty of color in it when the maps were based off of places that had color in them.

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