Previous rumors and speculations have finally been confirmed; Star Wars: Battlefront 2 is releasing sometime in 2017.
Speaking with investors during an earnings call, Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen stated that the sequel to Battlefront will arrive “a year from now”. While a concrete release window wasn’t mentioned, it’s safe to say that the publisher plans on banking on the holiday season to generate impressive sales figures.
Jorgensen did mention, however, that the development team is hard at work and making sure that Star Wars: Battlefront 2 is an “extremely deep and engaging offering”. The 2015-Battlefront was greatly received but took its fair share of criticism regarding content and gameplay limitations. It’s only natural to expect EA to take in feedback from the first game and improve the sequel in various ways.
Battlefront 2 isn’t the only game in the pipelines. Talking about Visceral Games’ Star Wars project, Jorgensen stated that development is going remarkably well. General manager Jade Raymond and Uncharted writer Amy Hennig are building something extraordinary. The game is rumored for a 2018 release date, which means that EA might start teasing the title as we approach the end of 2017.
On the subject of Titanfall 2, Jorgensen clarified that the company plans to keep the franchise alive for “years to come”. Despite the fact that Respawn Entertainment’s game received stellar reviews, being crammed between Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare has hurt its launch sales. Based on latest figures, Titanfall 2 has sold less than the first game even with it being available on PlayStation 4 as well (the first Titanfall was only released on Xbox One and PC).
Many fear that the publisher will simply close up shop or put the Titanfall franchise on a hiatus. EA has assured that no such thing will happen. It’s looking forward to working with Respawn again in the future. As for Titanfall 2 sales, EA is not bothered by current numbers. It believes that Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1 have different audiences to target, and hence the controversial release window holds no water.
VIA PC Gamer