E3 2016: EA drops Star Wars sizzle reel, shows first gameplay of Visceral’s new 3rd-person Star Wars adventure

If I wasn’t awake by the time EA’s press conference began this morning, I certainly was when the Star Wars theme blared through my headphones to herald a change of topic. EA gave a quick look at a number of Star Wars games they have in the pipe, including a follow up to last year’s Star Wars Battlefront at today’s EA Play event.

Presented by Jade Raymond, who is now the general manager of Motive Studios after leaving Ubisoft last year, EA provided an overview of all their developers who are working on Star Wars titles. These devs included Capital Games, Criterion, DICE, Respawn Entertainment, Motive Studios and Visceral Games.

Though the publisher originally announced Star Wars Battlefront 2 back in May, Raymond confirmed that the game was a collaborative effort between DICE and Motive Studios, is headed for a 2017 release and would incorporate more features, settings and characters from the new films and Anthology titles like this year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Criterion is at work on a VR mission for Star Wars Battlefront and this will be available as a PlayStation VR exclusive later in the year.

Also discussed was an action/adventure title with an original Star Wars story from Visceral. Former Uncharted series director Amy Hennig is heading up the game which means we’re already foaming at the mouth to play it. EA gave only the fastest glimpses of it in motion and we can’t wait to see more.

Titanfall 2 developer Respawn also have a Star Wars game on the go, but it remains undated and untitled at this stage. EA announced that the developer was working on the game earlier this year, but it remains in pre-production, focusing on an era of the Star Wars universe not currently covered by the other games.