Future EA Star Wars Games May Use Chars/Vehicles From Movies; Battlefront Limited To Historical SW Canon.
Future Star Wars games from EA, might use character and vehicles from future Star Wars movies. The current Star Wars Battlefront however, is limited to the historical Star Wars canon.
EA’s Chief Financial Officer, Blake Jorgensen, said as much during the company’s 3rd quarter earnings call for fiscal year 2016.
Jorgensen was asked about using assets from the upcoming Star Wars spinoff, Rogue One, in Star Wars Battlefront.
Eric Handler – MKM Partners – Analyst
Thanks for taking my question just under the wire there. Two things for you. First, with Star Wars, obviously you are not making a Star Wars movie game, but you got nice leverage off of The Force Awakens this December. How are you thinking about what you can do with Star Wars Battlefront next December, when the first spinoff movie comes out, Rogue One. Is
there much you can do around that to keep monetization levels high?
According Jorgensen, they can’t create a Star Wars title that violates the canon of Star Wars. As Star Wars Battlefront is based on the historical Star Wars precept, this will limit EA’s ability to bring new SW content into the game.
Blake Jorgensen – Electronic Arts Inc. – CFO
I’ll start with Star Wars. I don’t know; Andrew might want to chime in on the mobile piece. On Star Wars, the one thing that we are adhering to, and I think this is part of our arrangement with Lucas and Disney, is you can’t make a game in Star Wars that violates the canon of Star Wars. Meaning,
you can take something from the future and bring it back into the past unless it’s a reference. Not knowing yet exactly what the storyline in Rogue One is going to be, I can’t comment on how that could come in. But to the extent that it’s in the future around our current Battlefront game is all paced based on the historical Star Wars canon, which is 30 years before the most recent movie. That will limit our ability to bring some new content into that.
Although Star Wars Battlefront is limited to the historical movies, this doesn’t apply to future Star Wars, as pointed out by Jorgensen.
But more to come there. Obviously we’re trying to stay tightly connected to the Star Wars beat for future movies, and we will obviously in future Star Wars games be able to tap the new characters and vehicles and so forth. But in our current game, and for that matter the DLC associated with that current game, obviously we will have to be careful that we don’t violate the canon.
Which Star Wars assets would you like to see appear in upcoming Star Wars titles? Do you prefer the historical Star Wars canon, or do you like the current canon more? Leave a comment.