Hope you like EA’s awesome Battlefield 1, because that’s going to be the last game you’ll get in the series for a little while.
In an unprecedented move that will keep the series from becoming stagnant with yearly entries, Electronic Arts has announced that Battlefield won’t be seeing any new entries for “a couple of years,” as the company hopes to shift DICE’s efforts to the forthcoming Star Wars: Battlefront II.
Blake Jorgensen, chief financial officer for Electronic Arts, broke the news during an investor program, according to Videogamer. The company hopes that, with less major projects to work on, more focus can go into a specific product – and it’s heard the criticism loud and clear that last year’s Star Wars: Battlefront was light on content, per complaints from some fans.
"We were really working with the old canvas of Star Wars, the old trilogy," he said. "We weren't using any of the new materials that came out of [Episode 7] because our game actually came out slightly before the movie. Next year we'll have the opportunity to leverage more of that content from the new movies and we think that'll make the opportunity much larger."
This isn’t the first time that a company has decided to put a kibosh on a series before it started running into yearly entries. Ubisoft made the decision a while back not to produce a “new” Assassin’s Creed for this year, opting instead to release The Ezio Collection instead. And we probably won’t see a new Far Cry game next year, with Ubisoft looking to take the next chapter in a new direction.
Meanwhile, EA plans to release Star Wars: Battlefront II in late 2017, to coincide with the film release of Star Wars: Episode VIII. We’ll more than likely see first details at the Star Wars Celebration event next April.