We all know Episode VII will not be included in the current iteration of Star Wars: Battlefront. And basically, it will only include stuff based on the original trilogy to ensure canon, this according to EA’s chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen.
Jorgensen responded to a question during EA’s quarterly earnings call about the possibility of Rogue One in the DLC (SeekingAlpha). He went in-depth on canon, indirectly answering what content will be developed for the game (thank you Polygon for finding this gem).
“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 mainly you can’t 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 to the extent that it’s in the future around our current Battlefront game is also a paced based on the historical Star Wars canon, which is 30 years before the most recent movie than will limit our ability to bring some new content into that. But more to come there obviously, we’re trying to stay tightly connected to the Star Wars beat for future movies and we’ll obviously in future Star Wars games be able to tap to new characters and vehicles and so far. But in our current game and for that manner the DLC associated with that current game obviously we’ll have to be careful that we don’t violate the cannon.”
1. They can’t make a game that violates canon. Thus no making anything that could be misconstrued as new to canon.
2. This version of Battlefront is paced within a 30 year window (Episodes IV-VI). So nothing from the prequels and nothing from future films.
Now some of you will take this as bad news, but breathe easy my friends – future games will include content from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and other future films (Anthology and New Trilogy). Right now EA is working within the window they are allowed to work in. This isn’t the late 70’s/early 80’s where all sorts of canon was being made. Most of that is now out the window. Lucasfilm/Disney is being very protective of its massive Star Wars IP and EA will not be doing anything that violates the guidelines set out for them.
Now anger rangers, I know this news might set you off. How dare EA/DICE hold out Rey, Fin, and BB-8 from us? I tell you this, I’m not happy about it either; but EA has to live up the expectations and rules set out by Lucasfilm/Disney. This licensing opportunity is huge and has the potential to be worth a lot of money. Rey and Finn are on the way. We will need to wait just a little bit longer.
So there it is gamers. Does this canon limitation make you angry? Or does the explanation set your mind at ease? Remember to comment below and stay tuned to GeekNation for all your Star Wars and gaming news.
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