StarWars gaming fans have been aching to find out more about Star Wars: Battlefront since Electronic Arts first announced that it picked up the license and its Battlefield studio, DICE, would be handling development. That time is fast approaching, as the publisher announced the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC shooter will debut at the Star Wars Celebration convention in April.
The Star Wars Celebration convention will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center from April 16 through the 19. EA and DICE will show the game off for the first time to attendees, according to this announcement.
— EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) March 19, 2015
“We’re thrilled to share that ‘Star Wars’ Battlefront will be taking part in Star Wars Celebration next month in Anaheim, CA from April 16-19,” an announcement on the Battlefront website revealed. “We could not think of a better or more appropriate place to debut the game officially for the first time than the premier event that celebrates the ‘Star Wars’ universe and the legions of fans who have fallen in love with it.”
Details on exactly what will be shown have not been revealed. We’ve already seen behind-the-scenes development videos with early in-game footage, and more recently, Endor concept art. It makes sense that gameplay footage of some kind will be the next step for the multiplayer shooter. Whether Star Wars Celebration attendees will be able to go hands-on with the game or if EA will save that for E3 in June is completely unknown.
Either way, the Star Wars Celebration is expected to be an exciting convention for fans of the franchise due to all the activity this year. In addition to Battlefront’s expected holiday 2015 release for gamers, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will premiere in theaters on December 18 and will have a dominating presence at the celebration.
Star Wars: Battlefront is the spiritual successor to the series of the same name published by LucasArts and Pandemic Studios. Meanwhile, DICE is known for its Battlefield series that features large maps with up to 64 players participating in infantry and vehicle combat.
The pairing of Battlefront and DICE is seemingly a match made in Jedi heaven.
Battlefront isn’t the only Star Wars game in development though. Visceral Games and BioWare are both working on unannounced titles in the franchise. The former is more experienced with the story-based shooters while the latter has racked up credits in the galaxy far, far away already with the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic RPG and the Star Wars: The Old Republic MMORPG.
[Images via Star Wars: Battlefront, IGN]