EA Admits Star Wars Battlefront Single-Player Was Cut To Launch Alongside Episode VII

Written by Neil Soutter on Wed, May 18, 2016 12:45 PM
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Maybe Ronan Keating was right, sometimes it really is best to say nothing at all. Clearly EA didn’t get the message because executive VP Patrick Söderlund has admitted that the plan was for Star Wars Battlefront to have a full single-player campaign, but it was axed in order to release DICE’s shooter in time for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

“We made the choice due to time and being able to launch the game side-by-side with the movie that came out to get the strongest possible impact,” said Söderlund during an EA investors call.

“I think the team created a really good game based on the premise that we had. I would say the game has done very well for us and reached a very different demographic than a traditional EA game.

“So from that perspective, it's a success. Are we happy with the 75 rating? No. Is that something we’re going to cure going forward? Absolutely.”

Translation: Star Wars Battlefront made a heck of a lot of money, even if it didn’t score as highly as your typical DICE release. That will likely fall on deaf ears for those holding out hope for a single-player campaign, but it does at least boost the chances of one being included for Star Wars Battlefront 2. EA recently said it had plans for a new Star Wars Battlefront title in 2017, this time taking inspiration from the new movies.

What do you think then, did the lack of a single-player campaign contribute to Star Wars Battlefront’s middling reviews? Or does its problems run far deeper than that?

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04:20 May-27-2016

And this is part of the reason why EA gets so much flack. Stop rushing projects, let them mature into full games please.

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00:49 May-20-2016

Now they admit it. Credit where its due.
That doesn't mean I am still not miffed at them for giving us that....whatever that was.

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00:06 May-20-2016

I'm pretty sure every gamer on the face of the Earth would have much preferred a single player campaign over "OMG I KN PLAY TE GAEM AN TE MOVE E TOO!!!!111!!"


What a lame excuse for cut content.

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15:02 May-19-2016

We all figured out that the game was rushed to tie in with the movie, what i fail to understand was why is this practice even still around? devs should know by now that movie and video game demographics are far apart from each other, releasing games along side movies does not guarantee sales ffs, EA is so out of touch.

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13:31 May-19-2016

so there's no sp because there was a movie? What kind of a lame excuse was that.

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11:38 May-19-2016

No single player killed battlefront for me. I used that money for another game.

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02:34 May-19-2016

The only reason I didn't buy the new Battlefront is because it did not have a single player campaign. Multiplayer is only fun for a couple of hours and then what

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17:14 May-19-2016

Because the multiplayer was inrcredibly shallow and repetitive,and with barely any content. While for example you now have R6 Siege which is also MP only but worth the money,because of insane replayability

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01:41 May-20-2016

But I don't like multi player to begin with. I never buy a game for multi player.

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23:55 May-18-2016

More excuses from EA, and they will continue to not give fans what they want in future projects! There's no point in listening to their excuses anymore.

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22:26 May-18-2016

are they expecting the disappointed community to forgive them.

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20:35 May-18-2016

Well they should have also CUT the price as well, and not launch at full retail price.

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16:43 May-18-2016

Considering Battlefield 4's bad release, it's a good thing they didn't try pushing hard to include a Story and making it end up just being another mess.

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16:20 May-18-2016

easy solution: add the campaign as Free DLC, problem solved. Will people still be salty? absolutely, but at least it would be an ATTEMPT at making things right.

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16:35 May-18-2016

But that would mean actually spending money to create quality content, instead of the bare minimum cut-and-paste repetitive sequels that keep EA in business, so don't hold your breath.

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13:12 May-19-2016

in some cases they don't even take time to fix known bugs or errors in there games so the thought of giving a new dlc for free im sure would repulse "people" like this Patrick Söderlund . . . but honestly couldn't agree with you more and it would be really nice to see

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17:11 May-19-2016

yeah I know, was just saying, that would actually help make them say, "well, we made a mistake, we're trying to fix it."


That's like..with battlefield 1, it seems really cool, and it looks like something fans want, HOWEVER, this is EA we're talkinga bout. look how promising Battlefront looked. and this is also my fear with Mirror's Edge Catalyst.

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14:56 May-18-2016

true. they should never never have told us this and we would never have been super angry at them.

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09:05 May-19-2016

True. Before we were just super disappointed and super annoyed. This news only threw gasoline on the smoldering coals.

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14:26 May-18-2016

That was actually one of the reasons why I didn't buy the game. It was pretty obvious they left out so much at launch because they were trying to get it out with the movie. The sp portion of BF2 was one of the best parts and them leaving it out cost them a sale. But I'm not surprised EA did this.

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14:07 May-18-2016

You got an error at the first paragraph, it is episode VII not VIII

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13:38 May-18-2016

why do I feel like I'm the only one that actually liked the game for what it was. Put 50 hours in before I got bored and its really fun to just play with friends and be chill

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13:52 May-18-2016

for what it was it wasn't even ok but they shouldn't have released half a game at full price, they could update with what was cut but instead think fxck it we will just make a sequel they clearly couldn't give a shxt about there customers and just want the most money they can get with no desire to make a game all it can be, bad people!!

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14:32 May-18-2016

They absolutely should release a single-player campaign now for SWBF. They confirmed what a lot of people were suspicious about so now it's time to give buyers what they were meant to have and it should be part of a free update; not dlc, an update, just as a symbolic gesture that "oh, hey, we ****ed -up, here's what you were supposed to get on day one".

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15:01 May-18-2016

if they did that even i would have some respect for them and that's really saying something cause don't think anyone hates ea as much as me.

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02:36 May-19-2016

If they did that I would buy the game. I didn't buy it because there was no single player campaign.

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13:31 May-18-2016

ea can honestly go **** them selves, there sports games are a joke charging you 50bucks a year for basically an update you could do yourself if the games only had an editor especially in the download era when most people don't even buy disks. they have untradable game items so even progressing in the games doesn't really benefit you unless you pay for coins or whatever, there servers are always

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13:35 May-18-2016

disconnecting either leaving you unable to even play the game you paid for or you lose in game items and never get compensated no matter how many times it happens and the first battlefront was a demo in essence that they charged 50bucks for to, total **** stain of a company

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13:06 May-18-2016

If your product was a success only from a certain perspective, that means from literally every other perspective it was a complete failure. Then you brag that you don't care because "ha,ha, got your money!". Great PR move, genius.


People really need to stop buying EA stuff. Vote with your wallets.

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13:05 May-18-2016

I have downloaded the 4 hours trial, played 1 hour than uninstalled. They haven't improved it a little since open beta, i have never felt that good because i didn't buy a game.

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20:36 May-18-2016

Same here, when I played the BETA 2 hours was more than enough before I got bored.

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