Even though Star Wars: Battlefront is an existing franchise that existed under a different publisher, Electronic Arts is considering the upcoming title a brand new intellectual property since it’s new to them. Speaking to MCVUK on Sept 6, the publishing giant revealed that they are currently working on up to eight new IPs. However, EA’s Patrick Soderlund stated that they are counting Star Wars: Battlefront among those titles.
Soderlund admitted that the game technically comes from an existing IP as there have been two Battlefront games to date, but Electronic Arts is still counting the title as a new IP since they’ve never had it before and it is being developed as a new game by DICE. EA wants gamers to know that they still care about making new franchises instead of simply rehashing yearly releases. However, the statement also revealed EA’s liberal take on what constitutes a new intellectual property.
Star Wars: Battlefront will be one of the first Star Wars games released by Electronic Arts after the publisher acquired the exclusive gaming rights to the popular science fiction franchise. The title is being developed by DICE, the team responsible for the Battlefield series, using the new Frostbite 3 engine.