It has not even been a month since Electronic Arts announced their deal with Disney to develop and publish video games based on the Star Wars license, but the company has already confirmed that they will be giving us a “first look” at their plans for the brand at E3 next month.
The news of the upcoming Star Wars reveal comes from EA Labels President Frank Gibeau, who wrote the following on The Beat blog:
“Our E3 briefing “The Download: EA 2013 Preview” will be a showcase of next-generation games like Battlefield 4, Need For Speed, a full range of EA SPORTS games and a first look at our plans for the Star Wars partnership with Disney. Tune in on Monday, June 10 at 1pm PT on Spike TV or at www.ea.com/e3 to experience it all. I’m eager to your reaction in the comments and the forums, Facebook and Twitter.”
It is important to keep in mind that none of the upcoming Star Wars games are expected to be released anytime soon. Electronic Arts’ fiscal 2014 calendar (April 2013 through March 31, 2014) contains no mention of the games, and the DICE Los Angeles studio tasked with developing the titles is just now in the process of gearing up for development. Basically, we may see the plans in a few weeks, but there is still a ways to go before any of these titles hit retail shelves.
With that said, there are a few games that we would like to see revealed at E3 next month in regards to the Star Wars license. Star Wars 1313 and/or Star Wars: First Assault would be a good start, and an announcement that DICE is planning to resurrect Star Wars: Battlefront III using the Frostbite 3 engine would put a permanent smile on just about all of our faces.
We will keep an eye out for all of Electronic Arts’ E3 2013 reveals next month, and let you know every detail of their plans for the Star Wars brand as soon as they are announced.