Entertainment Arts announced (EA) that it will be releasing the latest game for the Star Wars universe, Star Wars: Battlefront II. The company also announced that it will be releasing other games related to Star Wars, although none of these games have been given titles yet.
PC Advisor UK reported that EA formerly announced earlier this month that it was planning to release the game. Fourteen million copies of Star Wars: Battlefront were originally shipped to stores. The game retails at around $22. The release date for Star Wars: Battlefront II is set for sometime in 2017, but not before the end of the fiscal year for EA, which ends March of 2017.
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As previously reported in the Inquisitr, the release of the original Star Wars: Battlefront brought back many of the fans’ favorite characters, including Darth Vader, Princess Leia, and Han Solo. Darth Vader faces off against Han Solo, and Vader is back to finish off the Rebel Alliance for good. Princess Leia, in full Hoth gear, takes on Boba Fett while Luke Skywalker faces off against Emperor Palpatine.
Blake Jorgensen, chief financial officer for EA, said that the company will be releasing a new game every year.
“We’ll most likely have one Star Wars title a year for the next three to four years.”
Some of the new games that will be coming will include virtual reality. This will include Star Wars VR. The game will be coming to the Play Station, and it will allow users to virtually wield a lightsaber. A VR experience called Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine is also being developed for the Vive.
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News Everyday reported that one of the rumors teased by EA is a single player mode. If released, the single player mode will be part of Star Wars: Battlefront II. EA executive Patrick Soderlund said this was in response to criticism from fans that this wasn’t part of Star Wars: Battlefront.
“The one thing we got criticized for was the lack of a single-player campaign. It was a conscious decision I made due to time and being able to launch the game side-by-side with the movie that came out to get the strongest possible impact.”
— Engadget (@engadget) May 19, 2016
Soderland teased that the forthcoming release of Star Wars: Battlefront II would address this. Although EA released few details about how the single player mode would work if released, fans speculated that the release of the single player mode would be tied to the release of the upcoming Star Wars film’s plot.
Movie News Guide reported that Soderlund said that the reason the original Star Wars: Battlefront didn’t have a single player game mode is because EA wanted to release the game at the same time Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released. Releasing the game the same time the movie was released was to give it the maximum impact.
So far, Star Wars: Battlefront has sold over 14 million copies, making it a commercial success. From a critical standpoint, not so much. It received a rating of 75 on Metacritic. Soderland did promise fans that Star Wars: Battlefront II would be more substantial than the original game. He didn’t elaborate on how EA would improve on the previous release.
Earlier this year, EA did announce that there would be additional updates to Star Wars: Battlefront. It will include an expansion pack that will be released sometime in early 2017.
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