Star Wars: The Force Awakens is hitting theaters in just a few short months, and in anticipation for the film, Disney is pulling out all the stops between new toy lines, TV shows and most importantly games. There have been a few titles already in works, but how far will it go? We are about to set into another trilogy and with a trilogy comes new licenses all across the board, so the question is, will gamers get Star Wars fatigue as company tries to jump on the impeding imperial march of money wagons?
Let’s start off with what we do know about the future of Star Wars games; Star Wars Battlefront will surely be one of the biggest releases of the year, but will it be any good? There’s a lot of hype surrounding it, but that’s because it’s both a Star Wars and a Star Wars Battlefront game. Nevertheless, the dark side of the force is strong with this one, as not only is the game in the hands of recently-disappointing DICE, but this big game looks bare. There just doesn’t seem to be a lot of content as of yet; there’s a handful of maps and throwaway single player/co-op missions that have little to no variety, and that’s all that’s offered.
They could have thrown in a galactic conquest or a small single player experience that could be enjoyed with a friend, but instead DICE is relying on multiplayer to carry the game. There’s going to be forty players in a single match, which sounds awesome for an all out battle, but the gimmick will grow old and tiresome without a vast variety of gameplay modes. Oh, did we mention it’s from the same guys who did Battlefield 4 and it’s published by Electronic Arts? Don’t even get us started on the lack of space battles in a Star Wars game, this and the limited map section has been major points of criticism since we have been slowly learning more about the game over the last few months. The game looks gorgeous, however, and DICE has done a lot of work to capture the look and feel of the Star Wars universe; only time will tell how it comes together.
Next up in the line for our podracers is Visceral’s Star Wars game, which we know basically bare minimum about, yet couldn’t be more excited for. We do know that the mysterious game is in development and has Amy Hennig (Uncharted) is attached to the project as director and chances of the game being just as awesome as Uncharted is just as likely as it being next in line for release after Battlefront. Yet, even though the general community knows nothing about it, it still generates boatloads of hype just because of who’s behind it. Visceral’s Untitled Star Wars Game is expected to craft a captivating story mixed with astonishing set pieces that we are sure Hennig is working hard on. Let’s hope that we get something along the lines of the action/adventure of Uncharted set in space; now that would be amazing.
Now for the fan favorite news: the secretive game being developed by BioWare, masters of the RPG. Their contribution to the Star Wars universe so far has been with the Republic series. Unfortunately for fans, BioWare is currently swamped with other projects such as Mass Effect: Andromeda and an Untitled IP, so we won’t be seeing another KOTOR installment or Mass Effect Star Wars in the mix for awhile. With the games previously listed, we have not even touched the tip of this Star Wars iceburg. Electronic Arts is surely thrilled that they have landed the license to creating the onslaught of upcoming Star Wars games, but will they take the time to do it right, or rush to pump out game after game? There’s more than just these Star Wars games in development at EA, meaning they have more than they can chew on their plates, and considering they already have problems chewing on Battlefield games, we don’t even want to imagine the problems they’re going to have with five plus games in the works.
Whatever the future holds for Star Wars games, there’s a lot to look forward to if you’re a fan (who isn’t?). But if we know one thing for certain, it’s that for the next few years until the new trilogy and anthology has come to a close, we will be seeing many installments of these games.