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Star Wars: Battlefront not built with DLC in mind says DICE

by Mark Tyson on 22 April 2015, 12:05

Tags: DICE+, Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA)

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Star Wars: Battlefront is due to be released on 17th November 2015 on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (that's in the US, the European release date is 19th November and the UK's is 20th November). Even though the game itself hasn't yet hit the shelves we already know that there is a dollop of DLC scheduled to be released less than a month after the launch date. The DLC is said to tie in with the film, which opens in cinemas from 18th December 2015, and will become available to gamers 10 days ahead of the film release.

Concerning the pretty rapid but not quite day-1 DLC pack release game producer Jesper Nielsen took to Reddit to say that content wasn't held back from the main game release to cobble together a DLC pack, reports Dual Shockers. Nielsen went on to reassure gamers that the new game expands on the strengths of previous games. Also it must be pointed out that the two map Jakku DLC pack will be free for all game owners.

In the Reddit conversation Nielsen asserted "the amount of content in the game has absolutely zero to do with DLC. I can say that with all honesty." He said that there will be more than 8 maps in the base game and that it should offer improved core gameplay and "expand on the strengths of the previous games".

On the particularly thorny subject of trimming a game to provide scraps for DLC packs the game producer said "if you think there's anything we're not including in the game to save it for DLC, I can tell you you're 100% wrong." He went on to emphasise the point, "In this project, I've never heard anyone say 'Let's not do this for launch so we can do it as DLC instead'. Ever."

Another early criticism of the new Star Wars: Battlefront revolves around people dismissing it as a Battlefield 4 re-skin. Neilsen asserts that – yes, the game uses the Frostbite Engine but "not a lot of the Battlefield code". Talking up the game he added that the planets look "absolutely amazing," and that the bar has been set very high on what the team intends to achieve, sacrificing quantity for quality.

As a reminder of the new Star Wars: Battlefront game I have embedded the trailer below. This video was released after our article was published last week, about the leaked release date, so only made it into the comments section.

If you are a fan you might be interested in a new article on Microsoft's Xbox Wire site, based upon an interview with DICE Senior Producer Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir, it reveals more about the highly anticipated Star Wars game's content and development.



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Its really weak of them not to include a single player campaign though, If they release a full single player campaign DLC then I will buy the game.
What utter crap.

Who do they think they are kidding? If DLC is planned, then that content could be in the base game instead, ergo, it has been held back.

The game is essentially owned by EA. It's going to be a DLC-frenzy as they do with every title they want to milk.
8 maps in nothing especially for an multi-player only title.

Expect the battlefront premium where all the maps that should be there on release are split up and sold as DLC.
EA and DLC announcements before release - Colour me surprised (NOT).
shaithis
Who do they think they are kidding? If DLC is planned, then that content could be in the base game instead, ergo, it has been held back.

Yeah it's funny, who are they trying to kid? No one would have said ‘let’s hold this back for release' if it was always planned as a DLC heavy game. he should be in politics.

But…

I don't care about the EA and DLC negativity; I like the battlefield series and I love star wars. I want this bad :)