Star Wars: Battlefront Summary
In their latest earnings call, EA has teased they've got "at least six new projects" in development and they'll be unveiling details at this year's E3. A "major new game" due in Q3 2014 will be shown.
They mention it's powered by Frostbite 3 so it's very likely Dragon Age: Inquisition, which is due around then. EA also mentioned Battlefront is progressing "very, very well."
Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson, himself an actual game developer, is now holding the reins of the fifth largest video games publisher. His message? Stop being 'distracted' by platforms and business models.
They have their place to be sure, but Wilson argues they "can't be your center." Great games "work no matter what platform you're on" or business model.
The Naval Strike expansion for Battlefield 4 out late this month is DICE Stockholm's last work on DLC, as the remaining two add-ons are going to be developed by their new DICE LA studio in sunny California.
The Los Angeles DICE studio is made up of former Danger Close staff, which created Medal of Honor. DICE LA helped out with Second Assault which launched late last month.
Patrick Soderlund, EA Studios' EVP, has said he wants the publisher to be "remembered and respected for the games we make," and not as the reigning 'worst company in the US' as they have been for two years.
He doesn't "believe for a second" they're actually the worst US company, in fact they aren't, but the message was clear. They looked at Online Pass and cut the dead weight.
According to well-placed Bothan spies, EA Canada is recruiting for a "major new next gen open world action game," with the recruiter confirming it was for a Star Wars project. EA Canada is the third studio on the IP.
EA has confirmed DICE and Visceral working on Star Wars, however the position at EA Canada may in fact be joint as "multi-site development" experience is wanted.