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Star Wars Battlefront sequel coming in 2017

Visceral Games' Star Wars title will follow in 2018

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Electronic Arts plans to release a follow-up to last year's Star Wars Battlefront sometime in 2017, the publisher announced today during an investor call.

The Star Wars Battlefront sequel wasn't listed on EA's slate of announced titles for its 2017 fiscal year, which suggests that the game will be released sometime from April to December 2017. (EA's 2017 fiscal year ends in March.) EA said in an earnings release today that it has shipped over 14 million copies of Star Wars Battlefront, which was released last November on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.

"We'll most likely have one Star Wars title a year for the next three to four years," said Blake Jorgensen, EA's chief financial officer, during the call. The only Star Wars game that EA has announced for a 2016 release is a Star Wars Battlefront experience for PlayStation VR. In addition, Battlefront developer EA DICE is working on three additional expansion packs for the game.

EA will follow up the Battlefront sequel in 2018 with the untitled Star Wars project that is in development at Visceral Games, said Jorgensen. Amy Hennig — who led the Uncharted series at Naughty Dog until her departure in March 2014 — is the creative director on that title, which is a third-person action game. Visceral Games' previous work includes Battlefield Hardline and the Dead Space series.

Jorgensen added that EA's Star Wars games will incorporate material from the Anthology films — which include Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and an untitled Han Solo movie — as well as the main Star Wars episodes. EA signed an exclusive licensing agreement for Star Wars video games with Lucasfilm and its parent company, Disney, in May 2013. Last week, Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment announced that it is also working on a Star Wars game for EA; it will be a "third-person action/adventure title."

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