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Star Wars Battlefront is a reboot that ‘breathes DICE’

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There’s a lot of love out there for the Battlefront series of games. For fans, Battlefront uno and dos were games that allowed console owners to finally drop into the kind of large-scale combat that PC gamers had been enjoying for years. That makes for one hell of a nostalgic field trip down memory lane, and has already set a high bar for the upcoming EA and DICE-developed Battlefront game. A game which is being tackled as a complete reboot.

In the latest issue of OPM, DICE’s GM Patrick Bach explained that the studio decided to approach Battlefront as the kind of game that gave them a clean slate from which to work from. In other words, a reboot:

I think what we did was instead of trying to build upon the old games, we went back and said let’s start over. Let’s analyse the good and the bad, like we did with old games, but it’s more about going back to the core idea that Battlefront stands for, and then building on that. Because otherwise you will create a version of somebody else’s game, and that’s not what we do!

According to Bach, that also meant that Battlefront would be designed to be instantly recognisable as a DICE game first, and a licensed game second. “We build our own games, we build something that breathes ‘DICE’,” Bach said.

We wanted to take a fresh stance on the concept of Battlefront, rather than saying ‘let’s take that feature and call it the same thing’, or ‘let’s remove that feature’. It will just get messy. So you have to see it as a reboot.

Sounds…impressive. Most impressive. There’s been a lot said about the game so far. Some folks are scared that the end result could be hacked and slashed to DLC ribbons as a typical EA game. Other folks, just want to play a Star Wars game that doesn’t only look good, but actually happens to be decent as well. I’d push Geoff into the desert bunghole known as the Sarlacc Pit for a decent Star Wars game.

Last Updated: May 25, 2015

76 Comments

  1. RinceTheElfRoot

    May 25, 2015 at 10:03

    I’d push Geoff into a hole for nothing…

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      May 25, 2015 at 10:18

      I’d push you into that hole and get rewarded handsomely

      Reply

      • Blood Emperor Trevor

        May 25, 2015 at 10:32

        Geoff & Rince, sitting in the Saarlac Pit, D-I-G-E-S-T-I-N-G!

        Reply

      • Trevor Matrix

        May 25, 2015 at 10:40

        I’ll push into both your holes and reward you both handsomely! It’s Fun with Trevor night!

        Reply

  2. SargonTheBatpandaOfTI5

    May 25, 2015 at 10:03

    Wouldn’t you “push Geoff into the desert bunghole known as the Sarlacc Pit” for just about anything awesome? 😀

    Reply

  3. Greylingad[CNFRMD]

    May 25, 2015 at 10:06

    Ok, wait, so they want the game to breathe DICE… Does that mean it’ll be unplayable for a year or does that mean you’ll pay four times the initial price of the game just to be able to play it?

    Reply

  4. Pieter Smal

    May 25, 2015 at 10:06

    “We will be watching your career with great interest” 🙂

    Reply

  5. Matthew Holliday

    May 25, 2015 at 10:10

    does it count as a reboot if the previous games didnt really have a story?
    its not a reboot, the previous games just left them with a clean slate because there wasnt actually anything to write, nothing to build on.

    marketing mumbo jumbo BS.
    they dont need to try so hard, the game will sell itself.
    especially with its timing with the new star wars movie…

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      May 25, 2015 at 10:17

      The PR department has to do this or else their budget gets cut next quarter

      Reply

  6. Hammersteyn

    May 25, 2015 at 10:13

    ‘breathes DICE’, Smells like a morbid case of halitosis

    Reply

    • Ir0nseraph

      May 25, 2015 at 10:18

      Well confirmed MP only , that’s all Dice does well, guessing the co-op campaign will suck, luckily Just Cause 3 should be out around the same time.

      Reply

      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        May 25, 2015 at 10:19

        I’ll still be playing the Witcher 3 by then…

        Reply

        • Ir0nseraph

          May 25, 2015 at 10:20

          I hope to finish the Witcher 3 by September , but I keep getting distracted by side quests, and doesn’t happen often.

          Reply

          • Matthew Holliday

            May 25, 2015 at 10:21

            with all the side quests popping up, id be lucky to finish at all.
            apparently im 16 hours in, but you couldnt tell by the progress im making.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            May 25, 2015 at 10:23

            Exactly, and the leveling system is not much of an indication either, for instance, I’m level 14 now, after about a week…

          • Ir0nseraph

            May 25, 2015 at 10:26

            The level is more like a warning were not to go , ran into a couple of enemies with a skull above their head, insta death occurred 🙂

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            May 25, 2015 at 10:28

            Yep! I ran into a guarded treasure last night, as I approached I just saw two little question marks above the creatures head, I decided to not pursue further and ran like hell…

          • Ir0nseraph

            May 25, 2015 at 10:31

            In my case curiosity killed the cat.

          • Hammersteyn

            May 25, 2015 at 10:34

            In my case I spammed the crossbow got bored. The AI is a little bit wonky when it comes to pursuing the player. Sometimes the monsters will just stand there

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            May 25, 2015 at 10:36

            If they just stand there, you should seize the opportunity…I was horridly embarrassed by water hog early in the game…horridly…

          • Hammersteyn

            May 25, 2015 at 10:36

            But they are much stronger than me. Three hits and I die

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            May 25, 2015 at 10:44

            Aaah… the woes… The witcher 3 has turned me into a coward… I now refuse to take on anything more than two levels above me… because I’ve just drawn my sword and dead…ok, loading screen….draw sword throw Yrden dead…ok, loading screen, wonder if I should use Qu… dead…

          • Matthew Holliday

            May 25, 2015 at 10:46

            going on your last point, load times in this game are fantastic.
            dragon age left me with time to make tea or get some toast.
            this, i barely have time to blink.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            May 25, 2015 at 10:48

            That’s true! Almost like it’s not even enough time to contemplate a new strategy… I’ve spent a lot of time staring at the loading screen, not because it takes long, but because I visit it so frequently…

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 25, 2015 at 10:58

            I’ve had enough of those moments. Now I try to make sure what I’m fighting before I start. What I thought was just a black bush was a lvl 6 black bear, much bigger than puny lvl 3 Geralt. Surprise!

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            May 25, 2015 at 11:14

            Haha! I’m glad I’m not the only one that fell into that trap… There are a few creatures that you’ll have to fight before you’ll be able to gain any knowledge on them, what their weaknesses are etc. but, you eventually get into the flight over fight mode when you start encountering beings of higher ratings than your own, a hard lesson at first, but you get used to it, and man, does it get good after that… I am fully enjoying the game…

          • Ir0nseraph

            May 25, 2015 at 10:36

            It does happen , but stop using the crossbow and try your fists then 😛

          • Matthew Holliday

            May 25, 2015 at 10:45

            they dont pursue you after a certain distance, you can sit just outside their range and theyll sort of just patrol around you.

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 25, 2015 at 10:27

            The only thing that bothers me, is why Geralt starts at lvl1? Its not like he got his ass whooooped or amnesia or something (or is that explained later?)

          • Hammersteyn

            May 25, 2015 at 10:29

            Yenefer sucked all his powers during Witcher 2 and 3?
            *Archer : Phrasing!

          • Matthew Holliday

            May 25, 2015 at 10:31

            yeneffer wasnt in 1 or 2, so blame Triss, evil ginger.

          • Hammersteyn

            May 25, 2015 at 10:32

            Makes sense, but why do you start no.3 with Yenefer?

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 25, 2015 at 10:35

            SPOILER ALERT!!!!

            It was a dream

          • Hammersteyn

            May 25, 2015 at 10:35

            then it was a good dream.

          • Matthew Holliday

            May 25, 2015 at 10:39

            from the books, yeneffer is geralts soul mate, destiny etc.
            if you stick with canon, geralt will always choose yeneffer over triss.

            and shes tied in directly with the ciri storyline.

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 25, 2015 at 10:43

            Aye, and Triss is “unhappily in love” with Geralt

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            May 25, 2015 at 10:30

            You have an excellent point! I’d expect my imported save games to change that, but nope, nothing… The only explanation would be that he strayed from the path…

          • Matthew Holliday

            May 25, 2015 at 10:31

            game would be boring as shit if you started at max level.

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 25, 2015 at 10:34

            I agree, I like starting at lvl1, however, I’d like some explanation why Geralt is low level again

          • Matthew Holliday

            May 25, 2015 at 10:43

            you’re right, being level 4 and not being able to beat a bunch of level 10 army deserters, doesnt really fit with his image of “the butcher of blaviken” or the witcher of legend.

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 25, 2015 at 10:51

            Aye, he could have gotten some sort of de-levelling-herpes-disease from a random plough, at least make it explainable

          • Trevor Matrix

            May 25, 2015 at 10:37

            Shit? Boring? Step in it and remind yourself that it’s boring!

          • Ir0nseraph

            May 25, 2015 at 10:24

            It is really a great game, but last night I ran into a strange bug where I can’t access the blacksmith , and I need to get my new sword asap, I hope it works tonight , my level 1 silver sword needs to be replaced with the level 13 asap.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            May 25, 2015 at 10:26

            Aah, you’ve also encountered that one… simple fix, go to Novigrad, that blacksmith that you are referring to, is it the one where the kids tell you about the lady going into the woods?

          • Ir0nseraph

            May 25, 2015 at 10:30

            Yes , I went to Novigrad and the Blacksmith I found gave me a level 26 mission before he can help me and I am level 13, so I am guessing there is 2 blacksmiths in that town.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            May 25, 2015 at 10:33

            Well as far as I know, there’s only one, but he should be able to build you a new sword at least, I’ve found a level 33 mission from an armourer…which is just as useful….

          • Ir0nseraph

            May 25, 2015 at 10:34

            Well the blacksmith I found makes dumplings for a living now , and needs my help, did you get the same guy ?

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            May 25, 2015 at 10:41

            Aah, ok, well he’s the one you have to wait for unfortunately… there is another one other than the elf, but I can for the life of me not remember where, I think he might actually be in Novigrad, I could be wrong

          • Ir0nseraph

            May 25, 2015 at 10:44

            Ok I will explore more, and see what I can find.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            May 25, 2015 at 10:53

            I’ll also see if I can remember where the hell he was!

          • Ir0nseraph

            May 25, 2015 at 10:54

            Thanks

          • Matthew Holliday

            May 25, 2015 at 10:41

            the game does seem to hand off weirdly levelled quests, i picked up a level 33 quest when i was level 3, i laughed a little.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            May 25, 2015 at 10:46

            The exact same thing happened to me! Like why? if the character even looks into the direction of the mission he dies…

          • Matthew Holliday

            May 25, 2015 at 10:47

            quest title should come with a warning.
            “you need to be level X or above to even read the quest description”

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            May 25, 2015 at 10:48

            HAHAHAHA!! Exactly!

          • Matthew Holliday

            May 25, 2015 at 10:42

            i found a level 5 one around somewhere and have tried to keep my gear mostly around my level.
            after borderlands etc, my looting tendancies have left me a little ADD in that respect.

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 25, 2015 at 10:35

            I’m around 10 hours & have only just left White Orchard & gotten to Velen. When I opened the map my eyes went O_O.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            May 25, 2015 at 10:22

            I feel exactly the same way,”Oh, I just want to do this one side quest” four days later, “What was I doing exactly?”

          • Hammersteyn

            May 25, 2015 at 10:27

            Got distracted by GTA. Bought myself a sweet new ride and the insurance is only $250 so you can go nuts with the bombs.

          • Ir0nseraph

            May 25, 2015 at 10:29

            O really , don’t tempt me I might just do that.
            Going to be hard to switch that witcher disk out for a bit :).

          • Hammersteyn

            May 25, 2015 at 10:30

            Played a lot on Saturday. But found that if you go off on your own you’ll find plenty of high level monsters. Also, the wind is still blowing!

          • Ir0nseraph

            May 25, 2015 at 10:32

            Yes , your single life gives you some advantage over my game time, but yes I think a heist is in order this week.

          • Hammersteyn

            May 25, 2015 at 10:35

            Stop teasing XD

          • Ir0nseraph

            May 25, 2015 at 10:38

            I am in , if eskom keeps the lights on , and the other 2 are game , not much could stop me.

  7. Trevor Matrix

    May 25, 2015 at 10:34

    • Hammersteyn

      May 25, 2015 at 10:35

      Yes, but she’s in another castle….

      Reply

      • Trevor Matrix

        May 25, 2015 at 10:37

        I always admired that little mushroom, telling an Italian plummer that for like 75 times. I wonder how many Mushroom pizzas Mario enjoyed on his way to save Princess Peach…

        Reply

    • Admiral Chief's Adventure

      May 25, 2015 at 11:16

      Somewhere, there is a nerd with only 2 wishes left

      Reply

  8. Trevor Matrix

    May 25, 2015 at 10:41

    But if you play as a Storm Trooper, do you have a shooting skill of -90000?

    Reply

    • Matthew Holliday

      May 25, 2015 at 10:58

      “these blast points are too accurate for sand people”

      Reply

  9. WitWolfy

    May 25, 2015 at 10:42

    “Star Wars Battlefront is a reboot that ‘breathes DLC’”

    Headline FIXED*

    Reply

  10. Matia Santos

    May 25, 2015 at 14:43

    l adore

    Reply

  11. Chris Martin

    May 25, 2015 at 19:17

    Lol that picture

    Reply

  12. Cyberats

    May 30, 2015 at 00:56

    Is it going to be a realistic warfront with vehicles, mounts, space combat ?

    Reply

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