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'Star Wars Battlefront 3' release date may be delayed by 'Star Wars Episode VII'

'Star Wars Battlefront 3'
'Star Wars Battlefront 3'
Photo courtesy of Electronic Arts, used with permission

The release date of the tentatively-titled "Star Wars Battlefront 3" could be delayed. According to a report from Gameranx on July 21, the launch of the video game could be affected by the production of the upcoming movie, "Star Wars Episode VII." The film is expected to come out next year but could be pushed to 2016 due to the injury suffered by Harrison Ford, the actor behind Han Solo, and other potential issues.

"Star Wars Battlefront 3" is expected to incorporate several elements from "Star Wars Episode VII." Furthermore, Electronic Arts would probably want to launch the video game to coincide with the theatrical release of the movie in order to earn more money off of the frenzy. As a result, a delay seems possible for the latest "Star Wars Battlefront" release.

The upcoming title also pays homage to the first three movies of the franchise. The development team visited several locations that were used in the films. The studio was able to recreate Hoth from "Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back" as well as Endor from "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi."

An early concept video was shown on the two planets during last month's Electronic Entertainment Expo. The video also showed the team visiting a museum to find the original designs of the character and vehicle models. However, no real gameplay of multiplayer-focused game has been shown so far.

Digital Illusions Creative Entertainment previously confirmed that more details on "Star Wars Battlefront 3" will be announced next spring season. The development team, who is also working on a reboot of the "Mirror's Edge" series along with helping out Visceral Games with "Battlefield Hardline," has kept quiet on the release date for the project, which many fans expect to arrive sometime in 2015. You can find a screen from the upcoming "Star Wars" video game near the top of this article (courtesy of the studios' Twitter page).