Electronic Arts: 'Multiple' sequels to Star Wars Battlefront forthcoming

Despite tepid review scores, Battlefront has shipped 14 million copies, leading EA to a profitable quarter and fiscal year.

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Electronic Arts has reported earnings for the fiscal year 2016, which ended on March 31. The earnings report shows that the publisher/developer made a profit in its fourth quarter, and for the FY 2016 overall, according GameSpot.

According to a statement made by CEO Andrew Wilson, "FY16 was a phenomenal year for Electronic Arts as we connected hundreds of millions of players to great new games, and helped them connect with each other through rich and dynamic live services."

Star Wars Battlefront contributed a great deal to EA's $4.56 billion in earnings for FY16. Approximately 15 percent of players who joined Light and Dark Side forces were brand new to the company's ecosystem. Additionally, the game has sold 14 million units, up by one million following EA's announcement of 13 million units shipped back in January and ahead of its own projections.

It should come as no surprise that EA plans to capitalize on the game's success, and not just because the game makes money. Back in November, CFO Blake Jorgensen outlined some of the terms of EA's 10-year licensing agreement with Disney. "Our goal is to make future Battlefront games as well as other style games around the Star Wars franchise, both on mobile as well as console and PC. It's a huge opportunity for us," Jorgensen said (per GameSpot).

Some of the content is already in the works, as players can expect another expansion pack and more free content this spring.

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    May 10, 2016 1:45 PM

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      May 10, 2016 1:55 PM

      Why tho

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        May 10, 2016 2:11 PM

        Honestly I just hope they learn some lessons from it and make a better game.

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          May 10, 2016 2:18 PM

          it seems like a super solid game whenever i play a round of it every couple weeks but it just doesn't have the elements that i like of a dice game. no physical vehicles to hop into, no class specializations or abilities. just feels like battlefield jr.

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            May 10, 2016 2:20 PM

            I definitely want them to shift it closer to battlefield. Particularly considering the original batlefront games had classes and vehicles you could hop into.

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          May 10, 2016 3:15 PM

          This is EA we're talking about. Expect the Madden approach to learning lessons for subsequent games.

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          May 10, 2016 3:24 PM

          They can start by not using the frostbite engine.

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        May 10, 2016 2:22 PM

        Did you miss the part where they shipped 14 million units? -_-

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          May 10, 2016 2:24 PM

          Impressive numbers sure but the post reception of this game makes me wonder how successful a future release would be.

          Sadly I guess people will just buy this stuff regardless

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      May 10, 2016 2:12 PM

      Big surprise.

      "Maybe we'll do it annually! Or like we've been doing with Battlefield, you know, shove that shit out the door before it's ready–loaded up season passes, buying crates, buying boosts, but they can buy skins too now! It's Star Wars after all, it's going to sell."

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      May 10, 2016 2:28 PM

      Not to my house.

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      May 10, 2016 2:54 PM

      DLC Single player campaign would be cool

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      May 10, 2016 3:13 PM

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      May 10, 2016 4:35 PM

      I bet we'll see a new release timed with each movie. Disney Execs have gotta eat!

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      May 10, 2016 8:38 PM

      Beautiful, but boring.

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