EA's Star Wars Games Might Resurrect Old Series

Despite big layoffs in other areas, publisher Electronic Arts is opening a brand new office in Los Angeles for Battlefield developers DICE, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The office isn't a development studio per se; it's there to "help with recruiting talent" for the company's upcoming Star Wars games, which the report says are still in the very early stages of planning.

As much as I know you all like to be kept up to date on video game recruitment drives, the really interesting part of the story is near the end, where DICE General Manager Karl-Magnus Troedsson tells the WSJ the developers "are looking at either creating an entirely new experience or piggybacking on an older Star Wars game series".

Like, um, Battlefront?

Also of interest is the fact Troedsson talks about poaching talent from rival companies like Activision, and how DICE needs to "expand its wings following the success of the Battlefield franchise", suggesting the Star Wars games may be worked on by new teams - or at least an influx of new talent - rather than DICE's existing studios.

EA Opening New Los Angeles Game Studio [WSJ]


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    I never got into Battlefront - but if DICE is at the helm of a new one it's likely to be worth a look.

    New TIE Figher.
    New TIE Figher.
    New TIE Figher.
    New TIE Figher.
    New TIE Figher.
    New TIE Figher.

      Holy hell yes.

      I wouldn't say no to a Battlefront in Frostbite 2, though.

        and besides, EA has some pretty good stuff. they own DICE (which they have to work on battlefront.) they own Bioware (which already work on the old republic series) and they own Visceral Games (which they have no experience apart from dead space 3 but if the australian visceral was still around and if the government already pass the law before the 20 something other aussie game studios died off, star wars 1313 would be good only if it was made by a australian company)

      nah, DICE has to do it. danger close can suck it. (yo mumma so dumb that she had to go to thailand to get a TIE fighter

      would be great but I doubt it'll happen. xwing/tie fighter games are WAY too complicated for todays generation. shield/gun/engine power management would be reduced to some shitty minigame to "streamline" the experience. *sigh*

      Last edited 17/05/13 10:49 am

    Guys. Its EA. They own Bioware. Old, hugely successful, highly rated Star Wars IPs.

    It might be Battlefront AND Kotor

      There's no way the canabalise The Old Republic players by offering them another KoTOR game.

      No way.

    Rebel Assault reboot or another X-Wing vs Tie Fighter.

    CREATE A REBEL COMMANDO!!

    shitty publisher, owner of great developers and pissed away greater developers (like Australian Visceral Games. DEAD SPACE WAS OUR SHIT!!!

    I want to see a new jedi academy or even a new knights of the old republic type of game would be fantastic

    KOTOR 3!!!!!!!

    What about all the ex lucas arts staff in NoCal?I heard that they are headhunting LA based Treyarch and infinty Ward staff, just to stick to Activision.

    Grim Fandango

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