Star Wars Battlefront won't feature Force Awakens content because EA can't violate universe canon | PCGamesN

Star Wars Battlefront won't feature Force Awakens content because EA can't violate universe canon

Force Awakens

You might be wondering why you can't take Kylo Ren's wrist-guard beamed lightsaber to Luke Skywalker's young face in Star Wars Battlefront. After all, when has a triple-A game studio ever turned down a chance to ride on the success of one of the biggest movies of all time? 

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While it might at first seem mystifying, the decision to not feature characters or moments from Force Awakens wasn't down to EA. 

"On Star Wars, the one thing that we are adhering to, and I think this is part of our arrangement with Lucas and Disney, is you can't make a game in Star Wars that violates the canon of Star Wars," EA chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen said during the company's latest earnings call, as reported by VideoGamer.

"Meaning you can't take something from the future and bring it back into the past unless it's a reference. Not knowing yet exactly what the storyline in [Star Wars:] Rogue One is going to be, I can't comment on how that could come in. But to the extent that it's in the future… Our current Battlefront game is all based on the historical Star Wars canon, which is 30 years before the most recent movie, that will limit our ability to bring some new content into that.”

So they're free to do what they want as long as it doesn't contradict the movies. Aah, I fondly remember the scene where Luke force jumped across Hoth, defeated Darth Vader in a duel and immediately got crushed by an AT-AT. 

While this means Star Wars Battlefront won't explore any of the Disney produced Star Wars films between now and 2020 in DLC, EA are free to create new games based around them, so long as they don't work against Disney's efforts to make the universe consistent again. 

"We’re trying to stay tightly connected to the Star Wars beat for future movies and we’ll obviously in future Star Wars games be able to tap the new characters and vehicles and so forth," Jorgensen continued. "But in our current game and for that manner the DLC associated with that current game obviously we’ll have to be careful that we don’t violate the canon." 

EA have already laid out plans for Battlefront's DLC, which will take players to Jabba's palace, the Death Star and more, finishing with a final expansion pack that's releasing in 2017.

It looks like the next few years of videogames might be as Star Wars rich as its cinema adventures.  

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Masa IV Avatar
2 Years ago

" I think this is part of our arrangement with Lucas and Disney". So EA's CFO is unsure of what is in the agreement?

The point the author of this article makes is spot on - there is plenty that is inconsistent with the canon in Battlefront. However, it is what it is meant to be - a fun game in the Star Wars universe. Adding characters and maps from TFA would not change the story of the movie any more than Luke defeating Vader on Hoth in Battlefront changes the story of The Empire Strikes Back.

Perhaps Disney just saw the mess that Battlefront's community has become in the forums and on Reddit and decided not to associate TFA with it. Maybe that is why it took so long for "details" about the Season Pass to come out - EA would then have to change their plan (they still haven't figured out what they are doing for the 4th expansion or really given what I would consider *details* about the first three).

Oh Battlefront. In all the words of tongue and pen, the saddest are those "what might have been".

Jenks Avatar
2 Years ago

So I can't have Kylo Ren in Hoth because he wasn't born yet.

But I can have Darth Vader on Jakku even though he's already dead.


stanscut Avatar
2 Years ago

EA's violation-rights are limited to the consumers wallet

meteorman70 Avatar
2 Years ago

Interesting as well since EA sent out a massive questionnaire in December which asked if 'you would like to see Prequel trilogy content added to Battlefront' which I promptly replied "no". Unfortunately there wasn't an option to write 'I would rather remove the skin off my face with a rusty fork". TFA content in Battlefront just doesn't work and that's a fairly simple concept to grasp why. Besides, there more than enough content from the original films to build DLC, they just need to overhaul the way credits are used, rank 50 cap ceiling and build in more motivation for players beyond daily challenges.