EA Admits Star Wars Battlefront Lacks Depth

For months leading up to the release of the Star Wars Battlefront there was plenty of controversy due to the lack of a dedicated single-player campaign. This being Stars Wars and also being part of a series where all previous games contained them, fans were obviously very upset that the developers were foregoing that part of the experience entirely to focus on multi-player. If the multi-player was packed with depth this would be forgivable, but the game launched in the typical shallow state that most of the games of that ilk do and fans were rightfully disappointed.

Now, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen has gone on record saying that the game lacks the depth that hardcore players wanted. He said the following at the Nasdaq Investor Conference in Europe:

Star Wars Battlefront is a first-person shooter, but it is [one of] the only teen-rated first-person shooters,” Jorgensen said. “We had designed it to be a much more accessible product to a wide age group.

“So, an 8-year-old could play with his father on the couch, as well as a teenager or 20-year-old could play the game and enjoy it. It is more accessible. And for the hardcore, it may not have the depth that they wanted in the game.”

I guess I can understand what they were going for, but it doesn’t excuse the game’s lack of content. Star Wars is a series that does not have a casual fanbase, but a ravenously hardcore one that obsess over the game’s far-reaching lore and universe. The fact that they basically took a great opportunity to release another great Star Wars game and instead rushed it to come out before the new movie did is a slap in the fact to fans, in my opinion.

Content-light Star Wars Battlefront Will Get More Free DLC In The Future

One of the biggest complaints with the new Star Wars Battlefront game is the lack of content it launched with. The game has absolutely no singleplayer campaign to speak of and only 12 multiplayer maps across a handful of modes, yet they’re still charging $60 for it.

Perhaps as a way to get some of the fire out of their face EA has announced that more free DLC will be coming to the game, which will release during the time of the game’s ridiculously-priced $50 season pass. Here’s a snippet of what EA’s Executive Vice President Patrick Söderlund said:

“Of course, we are also planning to support Star Wars Battlefront with new content well into the future. We will be adding more of what you love about the game, like new maps and Star Cards, for free in the coming months, in addition to all of the content we have coming with Season Pass. We’ll have more to share soon.”

Still, what this content will even be and when we can expect to get it is all up in the air. I really hope that big publishers like EA are taking a lot of the backlash to heart and realizing that what they are doing is entirely anti-consumer. When a game launches we want the complete package for a fair price, not a shell of a game that *might* get fleshed out somewhere down the line while also dangling a $50 season pass in front of our faces.

EA Is Working On Their Own “Assassin’s Creed-Style” Game

The Assassin’s Creed  series annually makes Ubisoft bucket loads of cash, so it only seems fitting that another huge publisher would want similar results. EA has revealed that they are currently working on a game that is similar to the framework of what Assassin’s Creed has done, but (hopefully) unique enough to stand on its own.

At a recent UBS Global Technology Conference, it was revealed that former Ubisoft veteran who left the company for EA in July, Jade Raymond, would be leading the “gigantic action” game.

CFO Blake Jorgensen said the following regarding the new game:

“We’ve never really operated in the largest genre of gaming, and that’s the action genre. That’s the Assassin’s Creed-style games; more open-world, more single-play versus multiplayer. It’s not been an area that we’ve operated in. We recently hired Jade Raymond, who was behind the Assassin’s Creed franchise for Ubisoft and she will be building an action genre for us through a studio we’re building out in Montreal right now. So a lot of excitement around the action genre.”

I gotta say, this news has me sighing more than anything. I think everybody agrees that the Assassin’s Creed series has run its course, and EA doesn’t exactly instill confidence when talking about original concepts. Hopefully it all works out, but I’m not getting my hopes up!

Leia, Han Solo And Palpatine Confirmed For Star Wars Battlefront

Previous rumors suggesting that Princess Leia, Han Solo and Emperor Palpatine would be making an appearance in the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront as playable characters has been officially confirmed.

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Each of these characters will have abilities that are unique to them, as Leia buffs team members, Han Solo can rapid fire his weapon and Palpatine can utilize the iconic Force Lightning. They will be available when the game launches in the middle of next month.

Star Wars Battlefront launches for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on November 17th, 2015.

It’ll Cost You $120 To Buy The Star Wars Battlefront Ultimate Editon

Star Wars Battlefront will be keeping the hype rolling next month leading up to what is undoubtedly the biggest movie of the year with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and that very game will have a special edition that comes with a beefy price tag.

The Ultimate Edition for Star Wars Battlefront will include all of the game’s Season Pass content and content from the game’s digital deluxe edition, retailing for a whopping $119.98. So, if you’re a Star Wars fanatic and need to have absolutely every piece of content available then I hope you start saving your pennies!

Star Wars Battlefront launches for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on November 17th, 2015.

[source]: EA Origin

Star Wars Battlefront Has A $50 Season Pass

Star Wars Battlefront is enjoying a pretty successful beta currently, though this news is certainly going to sour some people towards the overall product. Like many big games these days Star Wars Battlefront will have a Season Pass, though the price for this one is $50.

EA claims that this Season Pass will include four expansions, two-week early access to DLC and a “shoot first” emote. As always, there is no actual information on the expansions or DLC will actually include, as they would rather you just throw another $50 on top of the $60 you’re already paying for a multiplayer-only game at them.

You can check out the Season Pass by clicking right here, but for the love of gaming please do not support this ridiculous DLC practice.

Need For Speed Beta Keys Rolling Out Now

EA has begun the process of rolling out closed beta keys for the upcoming Need For Speed reboot, so if you’ve registered for it you should keep an eye on your email inbox.

The closed beta will run from today until October 5th, so try and squeeze in as much time as you can for this quick beta. Also, make sure you have the room for it on your system as the file size comes in at a whopping 18GB.

Need For Speed launches for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on November 3rd, 2015.