Mon, Jun 24, 2013 | 14:24 BST
Star Wars: Battlefront and DICE is “match made in heaven”, says Soderlund
Star Wars: Battlefront is being revived by DICE and the pairing has made a lot of people happy, especially EA’s Patrick Söderlund, who has shed light on how the Battlefield studio came to work on one of the most regularly requested returns to gaming in years.
Speaking with CVG about EA’s E3 conference line-up, Söderlund said, “We showed Titanfall, a brand new IP from Respawn, Mirror’s Edge, which is a beloved return for many people, and Star Wars: Battlefront, which I think is a match made in heaven – DICE building that games feels right.”
On the Star War: Battlefront revival, Söderlund revealed that it “was almost not happening”, and Söderlund added, “It was just something as boring as resources and availability. The DICE guys Karl Magnus Troedsson and Patrick Bach were talking and I told them we were in dialogues with Disney over this deal and they just looked at me and said, ‘Why haven’t you spoken to us? What are you doing? We want to make Battlefront.’
“DICE is a very particular place and they are very proud of what they do and you don’t really tell them what to do. I didn’t anticipate them wanting to work on a license – they’ve always been new IP or their own IP. But they were just like, ‘we would kill to make this game’ and the whole studio started talking about it like, ‘please give us this game’.
“That’s when I called Frank [Gibeau, EA Labels boss] and I realised we had something here. ‘If they want it that badly, then the game will be freaking awesome – we have to figure it out’. So we figured it out, we got them the game and it was that simple. They begged to do it, the opportunity was there and that’s exactly why you’ll see a game that will be what it needs to be.”
Söderlund stated that Patrick Bach and the team at DICE’s Stockholm base is working on the project, and added, “When it comes to the actual game, the approach we’re going to take is it’s a rebirth of the brand, it is Star War: Battlefront done the DICE way.
“The original Battlefront games actually took a lot of inspiration from Battlefield and they’ve been publicly open about that. As the guys said, the game is ‘coming home’. That’s as much as we can say.”
So it’s basically the Star Wars: Battlefront series, developed by DICE, the way DICE wants to develop it.
You can’t get much better than that can you? Maybe you can? Let us know what you think below.
Meanwhile, EA’s Frank Gibeau has said that Star Wars: Battlefront won’t just re-hash Battlefield components. Check out what he said here.