Star Wars Battlefront Director Shares Info about Vision, Game Modes, E3 and Gameplay Footage


Niklas Fegraeus, Design Director of Star Wars Battlefront shares some insight into the development of Battlefront.

He explains that the team wants be as authentic and respectful as possible to the material, making sure that they capture every little detail from the original source and replicating the magic that made us fall in love with Star Wars.

We want Star Wars Battlefront to be not only authentic but respectful to this universe we all hold so dear. Hopefully, you’ve seen the length we go to in order to achieve this, ranging from scanning actual film props to including original sounds. Simply put, we want every fan of Star Wars to feel like this game celebrates this amazing galaxy far, far away and captures that special magic we’ve all fallen in love with.

Fegraeus states that it's their desire to recreate the universe of Star Wars in ways never done before in video games, and their hard work has paid off allowing them to deliver an authentic and immersive experience, that's both fun and innovative and provides something that any Star Wars fan could enjoy.

Another part of this philosophy is a desire to recreate this universe in ways never done before in a video game. We have looked at many new technologies that will allow us to truly take a leap into the new generation of video game fidelity, and this has resulted in physically based rendering as well as photogrammetry workflows. These are not easy things to do, but the hard work has truly paid off, allowing us to deliver an authentic, immersive experience with Star Wars Battlefront.

The last thing I’d also like to share with you is our approach to the fun and the gameplay we are striving for. For me, and many others on the team, fun is the essence of Star Wars. We have chosen to reboot the Star Wars Battlefront franchise instead of making a sequel. The reason is quite simple: we want to pay homage to this beloved franchise, while making our own stamp for a new generation. The way we want to do this is by taking inspiration from the old games’ foundations, like the use of both 1st and 3rd person views and the ability to play as heroes. We want to then create a new direction where we add features and capabilities you've never seen before.

For example, we have created new game modes and made new maps to cater to their specific experience. You could see a tiny snippet of this in our trailer where you saw the Fighter Squadron mode, where you engage in huge Starfighter battles over canyons big enough to be truly epic. Then, for those not in the mood for large scale battles, we have created Missions where players can, for example, take on armies of AI or test their piloting skills. All our Missions can be played either alone or cooperatively, making them perfect for some quick Star Wars action when you have a friend over.

What we want to make sure is that each Star Wars fan can have something really awesome to look forward to, be that epic online battles or an instant skirmish alone or with a friend.

He closes by promising more to be revealed soon and the highly anticipated gameplay footage to be revealed at E3 2015 next month.

I really look forward to showing you all more from the game as we get closer to release, and for you guys who are asking me when you can see gameplay, I can tell you that we have great plans for E3.

So tune in starting June 15, because at E3 this year, Star Wars Battlefront gameplay will make its debut and we’re all super excited to show it to you.

Preorders for Star Wars Battlefront are available for both the Standard and Deluxe versions. As producer Jesper Nielsen stated, gameplay will come in due time, so it would be safe to assume that the development diaries will lead up to that.

Star Wars Battlefront will be released on November 17 2015 for the PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. We will bring you any new information as soon as it becomes available. Be sure to check out our previous Star Wars Battlefront coverage as well as the latest teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opens in theaters on December 18. Be sure to check out our previous coverage on star Wars : Battlefront for more information about the game, here and here.