When EA launched Star Wars: Battlefront alongside the release of The Force Awakens, fans were left disappointed after the excitement of playing as the galaxies heroes and villains began to wear off. The repetitive nature of the gameplay, the lack of maps, and the rigid controls of flight squadron began to set in, leaving season pass holders to realize they were burned, having paid twice the amount for a half-baked game that wouldn’t see the release of DLC for months to come. But this biggest disappointment from fans and even Finn himself — John Boyega — was how the game lacked a story to discover through a single player campaign.
Boyega even reached out to EA on Twitter to express his desire for a more compelling gameplay experience.
@EAStarWars Will fans get a full on offline story mode? It’s more of an enjoyable way to learn controls.
— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) March 2, 2016
Thankfully, EA has heard the frustrations from fans and won’t be making the same mistake twice when they launch the next Battlefront game this coming holiday season. On a recent investors call, EA CEO Andrew Wilson went over key details for the game, revealing it will indeed feature a single player campaign as well as the inclusion of multiple eras from the Star Wars timeline:
We’re thrilled to bring a new Star Wars Battlefront game to fans worldwide in the 2017 holiday season. In the past two years, Rogue One and The Force Awakens have opened new storylines and captured the imagination of hundreds of millions of Star Wars fans. We’ve listened closely to our passionate Star Wars Battlefront community, and expanded our existing game with more great content and experiences since its launch. As that game continues to thrive, we have also heard our players’ desire for even more depth and progression. Our next Star Wars: Battlefront will be even bigger, taking players into more locations, and allowing them to play with more heroes and characters across multiple Star Wars eras. There will be new ways to play, including an all-new single-player campaign, and much, much more that we are excited to share with our players in the months ahead. To build a game of this magnitude, we’ve brought together three great studios – DICE, Motive, and Criterion – and aligned their areas of expertise to deliver an amazing experience in the next Star Wars Battlefront.
EA alluded to the inclusion of a story mode last year when the game was confirmed to be in development but the possibility of playing in multiple Star Wars era’s might be even more exciting to some.
While previous Battlefront games have included the prequel eras, Wilson seems to be hinting at the possibility of playing in the new era of the franchise. DLC content including maps from The Last Jedi would allow for EA to capitalize on the release of the game when it debuts just as The Last Jedi is about to hit theaters in December. Hopefully, the next Battlefront will offer more depth to the gameplay itself as well.