EA has confirmed that the sequel to 2015’s “Star Wars Battlefront” is scheduled to be released in fall 2017. Unsurprisingly, the sequel will be released around the same time when “Star Wars: Episode VIII” will hit theaters next year in December.
During EA’s investor call earlier today, the game publisher’s chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen was asked by an analyst about the next “Battlefront” game. Jorgensen replied by saying that the sequel will be released “a year from now” suggesting a fall 2017 release date, according to Polygon.
This confirmation is a follow-up to EA’s previous announcement back in June that the sequel to “Star Wars Battlefront” would arrive between April and December 2017. The timing of the sequel matches that of 2015’s “Battlefront,” which was also released during the fall in November. The game was a reboot of the franchise which was originally handled by LucasArts and kicked off in 2004.
If Jorgensen’s statement is taken literally, this might mean that the sequel will also arrive in the month of November. This also places the “Battlefront” sequel a month before the release of “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” much like how the 2015 reboot was released a month before “The Force Awakens.”
“Star Wars Battlefront 2” will most likely feature add-ons or DLCs that would tie-in with “Episode VIII,” as pointed out by GameRant. This is the same approach that EA and developer DICE did with “Battlefront” last year with the release of the multiplayer map Battle of Jakku to tie-in with “The Force Awakens.” The sequel will also have a single-player campaign, something the 2015 game lacked.
“We’re working very hard on making sure that is an extremely deep and engaging offering,” Jorgensen said about the sequel.
Game publisher EA owns the exclusive rights to the “Star Wars” video game license except on mobile devices. The publisher confirmed back in June that it is currently working on several other “Star Wars” games with different developers, including Visceral Games and Respawn Entertainment.
Visceral will be releasing an action-adventure game in 2018, while Respawn is working on a third-person, action adventure game “that features a different style of gameplay and takes place in a different timeline.”