Electronic Arts on the Future of Star Wars Games.

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Electronic Arts is presenting one of the largest selection of Star Wars games for their Celebration Panel. Look ahead for more information on the many games that are planned, and what’s to still to come for existing titles.

 

 

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Battlefront was the key focus of the event. A lot of emphasis was placed on listening to what the fans want and implementing their suggestions into the game. Most notably, it was said that Skirmish Mode – a single-player option that fans have asked for for a long time – will be added as soon as next week. The VR expansion for PS4 players was mentioned as being an immediate focus for the development team, and a teaser for the Death Star expansion was also shown, emphasizing space battles. Bossk and Chewbacca are confirmed as the playable Villain and Hero for this expansion. The final expansion pack will be called Rogue One: Scarif, and it will be released in time of the release of the film instead of early next year as initially planned. Jyn Erso and Director Krennic will be playable in this expansion.

 

 

 

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The other games were brought up, but details on what they would add were comparatively sparse. With The Old Republic, there are plans for “something big” for the Autumn of the year. A retrospective showing off the development of the game and the content they’ve released so far was shown, along with a teaser for the next expansion: Knights Of The Eternal Throne. For Galaxy Of Heroes, it was confirmed that Rogue One characters will be added. Another trailer showing additions to the new Raid and Guild modes was shown. Lastly, with the Visceral Games project, a 2018 release window was confirmed. It’s reiterated that the gameplay will be like Uncharted, but other details on the project continue to be sparse.

 

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Stay tuned for more Celebration coverage tomorrow.

 

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Grant has been a fan of Star Wars for as long as he can remember, having seen every movie on the big screen. When he’s not hard at work with his college studies, he keeps himself busy by reporting on all kinds of Star Wars news for SWNN and general movie news on the sister site, Movie News Net. He served as a frequent commentator on SWNN’s The Resistance Broadcast.

25 thoughts on “Electronic Arts on the Future of Star Wars Games.

  • July 16, 2016 at 10:17 pm
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    It’s the Visceral project that I’m looking forward to the most. My only true desire for Star Wars games is for one that’s enriched with story and action/adventure play. From what little I’ve heard and seen, this looks to be promising! Little bummed that this is all we get in terms of future Star Wars games, but seeing as how the game won’t be out for quite some time, it’s understandable.

  • July 16, 2016 at 10:31 pm
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    Do you guys think that Director Krennic will have the Death Troopers as his body guards the same way as Palpatine and Leia have theirs?

    • July 17, 2016 at 12:07 am
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      Sounds like a damn fine idea. Hope that turns out to be the case.

  • July 16, 2016 at 10:52 pm
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    Wouldn’t it be cool if KOTOR 3 had already started development? but i doubt Bioware is able to leave such a profitable game like TOR at the moment.

    • July 16, 2016 at 11:57 pm
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      SWTOR is not that profitable, I’m surprised hey are making a season 2, I think EA/Bioware are trying really hard to keep that game going, but the servers are empty and the dev team is down to record lows, 20ish people.

      They should just let SWTOR die and make a KOTOR3 or some other Bioware Star wars/mass effect game.

      SWTOR (as a whole, some things yes, but story and most of it no) will never be cannon, so let it die IMO.

      • July 17, 2016 at 12:23 am
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        hmmm…. that is unfortunate. But could you imagine a current gen graphics KOTOR game? would be sick.

      • July 17, 2016 at 1:16 am
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        Do you know any healthy video game business still pumping game content into a so called dead game ? They’re not a charity business, so if content is still made, there’s money to be made obviously.

        This game is so much not profitable that it is in the Worldwide Top 5 Grossing Pay-to-play MMO Games by Revenue for May 2016.
        Link: https://www.superdataresearch.com/blog/us-digital-games-market/

        Finally, what is your source for the 20ish dev team size ?

        • July 17, 2016 at 4:03 am
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          I guarantee the data for SWTOR is inaccurate as shit, it has NEVER been a top P2P game ever if it was 4th it would be sub only not F2P.

          FFXIV has the second most subs to WoW for an MMO, except for those odd Asian mmo’s like maple story and what not.

          Lienage and Tera are on the list, that shows you something wrong right there.

          There is a reddit post showing the entire team, it’s 20-30 people at most.

          SWTOR’s single player MMO structure from KOTFE has been mostly proven to be a failure in general, it’s cash shop might keep it up enough to have a season 2 but profitable, that’s a laugh.

          • July 17, 2016 at 4:23 am
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            So I should trust your words more than people doing gaming data research for a living ? EA is not exactly known to keep games alive if they’re not profitable. If it was the case, the game would be on life support and no additional game content would be made.

          • July 17, 2016 at 7:40 am
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            Man some clunky news coming out of celebration for gaming… sucks EA got the SW license. So much potential for great games being wasted 🙁

          • July 17, 2016 at 4:07 pm
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            Well news are clunky maybe because games are being developped and they’ve got not much to show. Basically two exciting big projects are being developped: Visceral and Respawm games (excluding next Battlefront title). What else do you want ? If they were developing more games at the same time, people would say they’re milking the franchise and if they were not taking their time, people would say they’re rushing products in order to make quick cash grabs.

            Be damned if you do, be damned if you don’t I guess ..

          • July 17, 2016 at 7:16 pm
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            I’m not excited about the new games at all. I miss Lucas Arts games… it would have been nice to have a new X-wing style game that allowed the same amount of freedom/ or something like Dark Forces/ or the old RPGs. For their time, those games had some serious ambition, but all these new games are dialing back to appease a less demanding audience.

            My complaint about the license is that the people making great games now aren’t working for EA. It’s totally plausible for Disney to outsource their work to smaller developers who could all independently work on a batch of games simultaneously. If you don’t like battlefront, the Star Wars MMO, or Dead Space games… then what’s to be excited about? I was never a big fan of Dead space, the Star Wars MMO effectively died like a month after release (not surprising since walking down countless identical hallways= boring). I got bored of Battlefront after the first night of playing it since there was only like 4 levels… and like Rebels ripped off it’s customers by only giving us half a product.

          • July 17, 2016 at 8:19 pm
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            The Visceral SW game will certainly not be a horror game like Dead Space, Amy Hennig (former creative lead on the Uncharted series) is helming this game (this single detail is already interesting if not exciting in its own merit), so there’s a high chance the game will be a highly narrative TPS kind of game, possibly open world and all that within the SW universe OT era. The Respawn (of Titanfall fame) SW game is helmed by Stig Asmussen (former art lead/game director of God of War series) and could be a hack and slash jedi kind of game with visceral gameplay (not much details are known). So those are at least two talented people who made great games currently working for EA on possibly two incoming great games.

            If you don’t like what you’re hearing; well yeah it must suck ..

            FYI, Disney doesn’t want to develop games anymore, this is why they got rid of LucasArts and all their game development activities in order to licence out their franchises instead. So EA is not to blame here, they just got the deal.

          • July 17, 2016 at 6:46 am
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            Yeah dude. Don’t get me wrong. SWTOR has been on the struggle bus for a long time and it’s development team is small and slow in adding new content.

            But it’s EA. They’ve dumped plenty of MMO’s for more than a decade. They aren’t going to keep a game operating if it’s losing money. Lucasfilm wouldn’t let them either, makes the Star Wars IP look bad.

    • July 17, 2016 at 1:11 am
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      Oh my god guys just let KOTOR rest in peace for crying out loud! THe real awesomeness lies in a SWTOR 2 game with better fighting systems and more balanced classes, all with better graphics and the same good recipe of interactive storytelling.

      • July 17, 2016 at 4:00 pm
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        but i don’t like MMOs…. and annd MMO’s graphics can only be so good. 🙁

    • July 17, 2016 at 6:24 am
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      Even cooler if they finished 2 properly. I cannot believe that game was released in the state it was.

      • July 17, 2016 at 4:00 pm
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        haven’t played it since … well since it came out lol. what exactly are you referring to?

  • July 16, 2016 at 11:26 pm
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    Amy Hennig is being misquoted here. She never said that her game plays like uncharted. She said that the *creative process* of deconstructing the movies (or in Uncharted’s case the pulp adventure genre) to reconstruct it as gameplay is similar to what she did with Uncharted. She never once even hinted that the gameplay itself is the same.

    • July 17, 2016 at 12:33 am
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      I do remember she mentioned uncharted and the crowd cheered, to which she replied “Oh, you’ll like this game then” or something to that effect. So no, she didn’t say the game was like uncharted, but I think there’s a solid hint that it’s close to it

    • July 17, 2016 at 7:12 am
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      well, not that important if you know that at the E3’s presentation it looked like uncharted too…

  • July 17, 2016 at 2:36 am
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    Cant wait! I thought the last DLC for battlefront was gonna be for rogue one. hope tanks from the film and the tie striker/ new rebel fighter become new vehicles that you can ride in.

    • July 18, 2016 at 7:53 pm
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      Looks like we are getting Vader’s Tie Fighter in the Death Star DLC as well!

  • July 17, 2016 at 2:50 am
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    oh jeez the second Visceral game concept art looks so McQuarrie, love it!

  • July 20, 2016 at 5:00 am
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    Cool! I so called it. I knew Death Star was gonna have bossk and chewbacca and I had s feeling rogue one had to be the last DLC because it’s the only other place they can do in that era

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