Star Wars Battlefront II was a landmark game that kicked off the “are loot boxes gambling” fiasco back in 2017. The game launched with horrible pay-to-win microtransactions that blatantly hid most of the powerful weapons, perks and unlockable characters behind loot boxes. Basically, if you had money, you had the best stuff in the game. Star Wars Battlefront II will be known forever for this movement and EA isn’t planning on working on Star Wars Battlefront 3 for this exact reason.
According to a new report by reliable source Tom Henderson, Star Wars Battlefront 3 was pitched by DICE to EA a while back. Henderson claims that DICE originally wanted to make a sequel to the 2017 shooter but EA denied the project due to its high licensing costs.
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Henderson claims that EA shut down the development of Star Wars Battlefront 3 due to the low-profit margin surrounding the game. EA says that it would take 20% more sales to make the same money in a Star Wars Battlefront 3 game.
Henderson also goes on to reveal that DICE is not the same studio it was back in 2017 when Battlefront II was released. Much of the development team that worked on Battlefront II has since left DICE and the studios’ focus is on other things. Namely, Battlefield 2042.
Keep in mind that there are two Star Wars games in development at EA. These projects are single-player, story-driven games and are not multiplayer, pay-to-win shooters. It is a pleasant direction for the studio to go after the Battlefront II drama. Henderson says that DICE is working on a new game and while details are scarce, this new game won’t be released in the next year or so. However, it is also not a new Star Wars Battlefront game. Seems like the series is officially dead in the water for now.
Battlefront 3 was a pitched title from DICE, but ultimately, the title was shot down by EA due to licensing costs.
“It got turned down because it takes 20% more sales to make the same money”, said one past developer.
— Tom Henderson (@_Tom_Henderson_) November 20, 2021