Way back when, Disney were shopping around for people to make the next generation of Star Wars games. When conducting talks with EA, they suggested that DICE were a great fit for a new Battlefront game. Their suggestion led to the game that will release at the end of this year, but in another timeline it won’t happen, since DICE almost turned the opportunity down.
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“Disney came to EA looking for a partner to make games and suggested, 'Maybe DICE should make a Battlefront game'," DICE studio general manager Patrick Bach told Official Xbox Magazine. "On our side, we had this opportunity but were fully booked with other work and thought, ‘Argh, we can’t do that!’ But then the heart kicks in, says ‘we will figure it out,’ and we figured it out. Because you can’t say no to a project like that."
With the decision made to take on Battlefront despite the busy schedule, DICE began to create their Star Wars team. "You need the right people in the right place to do the right ‘thing’. Even though you don’t know what that is yet, you still have an idea of the concept,” explained Bach. “From that you say, ‘okay, we need this person or that person.’ Then, of course, you have to hire a lot of people; you swap people around. Some people just won’t be interested; other people have been building Battlefield games for ten years and want to try something else.”
Thanks to DICE making the right decision, we’ll be able to play the Star Wars Battlefront beta from October 8th. The full game will be available from November 17th.