The sound of millions of nerds cried out in nerd-gasm this afternoon when EA announced that its first Star Wars game will be Star Wars Battlefront to be developed by DICE of Battlefield fame.
The announcement was haphazardly thrown into EA’s press conference this afternoon which we had the pleasure of attending. It was clear they wanted to show something to the E3 crowds but obviously are in early pre-production stages at this point. So EA gave us a 35 second teaser trailer of first person encounter on Hoth featuring a Snow-Speeder crashing and Giant AT-AT foot about to step on your face.
StarWars.com had this to say just after the announcement.
Combining stunning visuals, incisive gameplay, and smart level design, the Star Wars: Battlefront video games took fans into the Star Wars universe in previously unexplored ways. The series beautifully showcased Star Wars locales, featured intense ground-battle action, and allowed gamers to fight for the Empire, the Republic, the Rebellion, and other factions. They were not just great Star Wars games; they were great video games in their own right. And we are thrilled to confirm that the series will continue.
In their pre-E3 press conference today, Electronic Arts Inc. announced the production of a new entry in the Star Wars: Battlefront franchise, currently titled Star Wars: Battlefront. It is being developed by DICE, creators of the critically-acclaimed Battlefield games, and will utilize the Frostbite 3 engine. As one of the world’s premier video game developers, DICE has the talent and expertise to deliver a Star Wars experience like no other, while pushing the boundaries of what is capable in a video game. The Star Wars: Battlefront series, which we know means so much to fans and gamers, is in good hands.
This is the first official game announced under the new multi-year, multi-title licensing agreement between EA, Lucasfilm Ltd., and Disney Interactive, and will kick off a new era for Star Wars video games. Platform and release information will be revealed at a later date. Stay tuned to StarWars.com for more on the next installment in the Star Wars: Battlefront series. In the meantime, enjoy the teaser video below, and prepare for battle…
It was short but effective and this teaser saw the loudest cheer of the afternoon. See the trailer below.
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