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'Star Wars: Battlefront' will make an appearance at E3 2014

Star Wars: Battlefront
Star Wars: BattlefrontPhoto courtesy of Electronic Arts, used with permission

“Star Wars: Battlefront” made waves when DICE showed a teaser trailer during Electronic Arts’ E3 2013 press conference. Release of the game may still be a way off but the publisher confirmed Tuesday during a financial call that the likely PS4, Xbox One and PC title will make a return appearance for E3 2014.

In the Q&A session during EA’s quarterly financial call, EA CEO Andrew Wilson said, “Battlefront coming along very well, Frostbite 3 has meant team can iterate and drive innovation with high quality. Plan to show more of it at E3 this year, but lots of work to go."

Whether this will be another teaser trailer, a gameplay trailer or demo is still unknown at this point. Rights to the franchise was picked up by Electronic Arts early in 2013 to create “core” Star Wars games. It was announced not long afterwards that DICE, Visceral Games and BioWare would all develop new games based on the beloved scifi franchise.

2015 is likely the earliest to expect “Star Wars: Battlefront”. While that would tie in nicely to the planned release of “Star Wars: Episode VII”, it would still be a tight development schedule for DICE which also has “Battlefield 4” and a “Mirror’s Edge” sequel on its plate as well.

Electronic Arts just announced that it will host its E3 2014 press conference on June 9 at 3:00 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST. That seems the most likely spot for “Star Wars: Battlefront” to make an appearance but that doesn’t rule out the Microsoft or Sony press conferences.

Interestingly, LucasFilm recently announced that all previous games, books and comic books in the “Star Wars” expanded universe are no longer considered canonical. However, all future content will be considered canonical starting with the “Star Wars: Rebels” animated series. Given the multiplayer bent of “Battlefront” though, it’s unknown if it will be considered canon as well.