No Star Wars Battlefront Content Being Delayed for DLC
An assistant producer at EA DICE, the studio behind Star Wars Battlefront, has addressed some fans’ suspicions that content is being held back so that it can be sold as DLC.
Jesper Nielsen, an assistant producer at the DICE support studio Uprise, responded to various claims published by fans on Reddit. One of the most common accusations made was that content currently in development for Star Wars Battlefront would not be shipped with the game, but instead delayed so that it can be sold as DLC.
“If you think there’s anything we’re not including in the game to save it for DLC, I can tell you you’re 100 percent wrong,” Nielsen wrote in response to one such accusation.
He added: “In this project, I’ve never heard anyone say, ‘Let’s not do this for launch so we can do it as DLC instead’. Ever.”
EA released a new Star Wars Battlefront gameplay trailer last Friday, whilst also confirming that the multiplayer-focused FPS will not include a traditional single-player campaign.
Nielsen, who posts on the Star Wars Battlefront subreddit under the alias DICE_TheBikingViking, also addressed some suspicions regarding the Battle of Jakku maps, which will be released after the game as free DLC.
Even though it’s a free add-on, one fan claimed this content was held back because — he assumed — EA wanted to have material for marketing purposes post-launch.
“The situation was never that we had the Jakku maps in the main game, and then stripped them to put them in a DLC,” Nielsen explained.
“It was that the idea to do the Jakku maps came quite late in the process and we didn’t have capacity to add them for launch, so we found a way to get them out to people as soon as possible after launch.
“Of course, if you want to think we’re evil, you’ll always think up evil motives and method. But in all essence, this is the output of hundreds of passionate people and games, just like people here, who want to deliver great gaming experiences.”
Other Reddit users have praised Nielsen for his efforts in addressing some fan concerns, unfounded or otherwise.
Star Wars: Battlefront is scheduled to ship on November 17 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.