According to Report, EA Rejected Star Wars Battlefront 3 Pitch – Not Confident it Would Meet Goals

According to an insider report, EA has rejected a pitch from DICE for a third installment of Star Wars Battlefront due to high licensing costs.

EA used to have an exclusive deal with Disney to produce Star Wars titles, but that deal has since ended and has been open up to other publishers as well.

All in all, it costs a lot of money to make Star Wars games. And if those games are crap and don’t sell like gangbusters, then you will not recover your investment.

For what it’s worth, DICE does have a least two “story-driven” single-player Star Wars titles in development with EA, one of which may be a sequel to the extremely well executed and fun Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

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EA Unloads More Details on Star Wars Battlefront 2 During Investor Call

Star Wars Battlefront was a surprisingly good game that got better over time, with the additions of new game modes and DLC. We already know that a Battlefront 2 is in the works, and it looks like EA and DICE are going to build on what made the original successful, and give fans some of the stuff they’ve been clamoring for.

During EA’s January 31 investor call, the company confirmed that Battlefront 2 is locked in for 2017. That much, we knew. However, they have also provided some interesting details of what fans can expect.

“Our next Star Wars Battlefront will be even bigger, taking players into more locations, and allowing them to play more heroes and characters across multiple Star Wars eras.”

“There will be new ways to play, including an all-new single-player campaign, and much, much more that we are excited to share with our players in the months ahead.”

Yes, that’s a lot of marketing hyperbole, but they got me at single-player campaign. Let’s hope EA learned a thing or two from the excellent single-player campaign found in Battlefield 1 and try to surpass it in Battlefront 2.

So what does all this mean for Star Wars Battlefront 1? Well, it sounds like its slowly being led out to pasture as DICE states that “no future Skirmish content is planned” for the game.

EA Choses Battlefront Over Battlefield… For Next Couple Years

If you’re a big fan of Battlefield 1, well then you’re in luck, because you’re going to be playing it for a “couple of years” according to EA’s chief financial officer, Blake Jorgensen. See! I can spin things to make them look like a positive like a fancy pants PR executive.

Jorgensen, who spoke at the Nasdaq 35th Investor Program yesterday mentioned that EA “won’t have another Battlefield back for a couple of years. Next year we’ll have Battlefront, the Star Wars game.”

So good news for Star Wars Battlefront fans I guess.

All of this is not surprising. Star Wars is hot right now, with Disney releasing new movies every year, while the Battlefield series has been, in my opinion, getting stale.

And yes, Battlefield 1 is quite the departure for the series, going back to World War 1, but it’s still Battlefield, with all the good and bad that comes with it. Perhaps this is a good thing as it will allow DICE time to really dig in and develop something new and exciting.

Speaking of Star Wars Battlefront, EA released a new trailer for Battlefront: Rogue One Scarif and what can I say, it looks impressive. Then again Battlefront trailers always look impressive.

Battlefront is just a fun title, in a pick up and play sort of way. It’s not sophisticated, but it’s balanced and looks amazing. Also it’s Star Wars, so you really can’t go wrong. I’m not surprised that EA wants to hitch its wagon to this franchise for the foreseeable future. It’s a license to print money, and EA loves money.

Rogue One: Scarif is the fourth and final expansion for Star Wars Battlefront. There will be four maps total, taking place on the tropical planet Scarif. You’ll also be able to play as hero Jyn Erso or villain Orson Krennic, with his fabulous cape and all.

Star Wars Battlefront Continues to Evolve

Star Wars Battlefront is getting a couple of updates to celebrate its one year anniversary. It’s just the shooter that keeps giving. It’s not the most deep game and critics have complained that the title is just too casual, but it is fun, and in the end, isn’t that what games are about?

Just in time for the highly anticipated theatrical release of Star Wars: Rogue One,  DICE will launch its fourth and final expansion for Star Wars Battlefront, Rogue One: Scarif, on December 6 for season pass holders. The new maps will have characters from the film who will be playable as heros and will also have a new multi-stage game mode with space and ground combat, similar to the Death Star DLC apparently.

Also releasing on December 6 is Star Wars Battlefront Rogue One: X-Wing VR Mission DLC for PlayStation VR owners, so fun for everyone.

To sweeten the pot, EA is offering free access to the Outer Rim, Bespin, and Death Star DLC until November 20 and gamers will earn quadruple score all weekend.