As part of a financial rundown of the state of EA that included figures like 14 million copies of Star Wars Battlefront were shipped to retailers and that there were 9.4 million unique Battlefield players (across all titles) last quarter, a few release windows were given on key upcoming titles. Including a few surprises, like a sequel to Star Wars Battlefront due for release in 2017.
EA CFO Blake Jorgensen noted in his update to investors,
"We'll most likely have at least one Star Wars title a year over the next three or four years. Next year we will see Star Wars Battlefront back with bigger and better worlds because we now have the new movies to work off of, not just the historical movies that we used before."
Which is a strange way to describe Star Wars Battlefront. As the CFO he may not be the best person to provide details on the ins and outs of the game, as Star Wars Episode VII's Jakku featured prominently in last year's game. So the issue isn't a lack of places to visit. You'd have to assume that based on feedback DICE would be looking at including some sort of narrative or co-op content this time around. And perhaps a few iconic ships sitting in a hangar that you could jump into instead of picking up a glowing power-up icon and then mysteriously being transported into the sky.
In other Star Wars game news from EA, it looks like the Battlefront sequel will mark an annual cycle for new Star Wars games including both Uncharted creator Amy Hennig and Visceral's effort and the recently announced title from Respawn.
In other sci-fi news, Titanfall 2 is still on track for release later this year and both EA and BioWare have confirmed that Mass Effect Andromeda is due for release early 2017. Which means that it will feature prominently as part of EA's E3 showcase next month, which we can't wait to see. According to early reports the new Mass Effect is set to offer up more exploration than any other title in the series.