At an Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) press conference on June 10, 2013, EA DICE (whose parent company, Electronic Arts, had recently acquired a multi-year license to produce Star Wars video games), unveiled a teaser trailer for a new Star Wars: Battlefront game, built on the Frostbite 3 engine.  The teaser showed a first-person view of the Battle of Hoth, including a crashing Snow speeder and the foot of an AT-AT. DICE showed additional development footage at the 2014 E3 conference. The game’s title was eventually announced as Star Wars Battlefront. In April 2015, EA announced a release date of November 17, 2015 at Star Wars Celebration. The game is a reboot of the series, focusing on capturing the look of the films. So far, four planets have been confirmed – Hoth, Tatooine, Endor, and Sullust. Unlike its predecessors, Star Wars Battlefront will not feature the “Clone Wars” era found in the prequel films, nor will it feature content from The Force Awakens. Free downloadable content (DLC) for Battlefront was released in December 2015, featuring the planet of Jakku with two new maps and a new multiplayer game mode. The game will also feature both first and third-person gameplay perspectives, similar to its predecessors. A gameplay trailer involving the Hoth battle debuted at E3 on June 15, 2015. The game will feature a pseudo-campaign — a cooperative experience allowing player to experience game play with one or two players and computer controlled allies and opponents.

Downloadable Content

Outer Rim will be the second downloadable content for the game, which is set to be released in March 22, 2016. It adds 4 maps set in Jabba the Hutt’s palace (Palace garage and Jabba’s Palace) in Tatooine and a factory area in Sullust (Sorosuub refinery and Sorosuub pipelines) and a new mode called extraction. The game will be available for free to players who have purchased the game’s Season Pass. Outer Rim is the first of the four DLC packs planned for Season Pass owners. The second expansion pack is titled Bespin and will allow players to fight in the setting of Cloud City which will be released in summer 2016. The third expansion pack, titled Death Star, will be released Fall 2016 and will mark the debut of the Death Star in the game.   A fourth untitled expansion pack will be released in early 2017.