Star Wars: Battlefront isn’t built around DLC, says DICE

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DICE’s new Battlefront looks pretty damned good, even if it is based on that hackneyed Star Wars nonsense. While many fans’ brains are set to explode with excitement, a great many others are doing their best to contain their enthusiasm. Why? Because they’re certain that EA – being EA – are going to nickel-and-dime them with this game’s inevitable DLC. They’re worried that EA and DICE will hold content back, only to sell it to them later as DLC. EA wants to assure you that that’s not the case.

While there is obviously DLC coming to the game, EA says that they’re not building the game around extra content.

“The amount of content in the game has absolutely zero to do with DLC. I can say that with all honesty,” said producer Jesper Nielsen on Reddit.

“…if you think there’s anything we’re not including in the game to save it for DLC, I can tell you you’re 100% wrong. In this project, I’ve never heard anyone say ‘Let’s not do this for launch so we can do it as DLC instead’. Ever.”

He’s also re-iterated previous claims that (unlike Hardline!) this isn’t just a reskin of Battlefield 4.

“Oh, trust me, this is not a Battlefield re-skin. It’s using the Frostbite engine, yes, but not a lot of the Battlefield code. Day 1 was not “hey, let’s copy BF4 and work from that”. It was more like “hey, let’s make a new Frostbite game”.

As for the four planets; a loooot of work has gone into making those four planets look and feel absolutely amazing. We’re setting some high bars here on what we want to achieve. You may disagree with that priority, but it’s really a quality vs quantity question.”

With just four planets, many believe the game will have a limited number of maps – with “8” being the figure commonly bandied about.

“I cannot stress this enough; there will be more than 8 maps!” Nielsen asserts.

They’ll just probably only be available as DLC.

Last Updated: April 22, 2015

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