By: Benjamin Hart
Since EA announced they would be creating the next Star Wars: Battlefront game, there has been much speculation about what elements from the Star Wars Saga might be included, especially Star Wars Episode VII. Steven Ruygrok on Examiner.com is reporting that Executive Vice President of EA Studios Patrick Soderlund recently spoke about how the game may or may not be connected the the upcoming film:
"We've shown parts of the game to date. You know what were building is more rooted in the traditional Star Wars universe, not so much linked to the movie being made." He continues, "We wanted to make a game that celebrates the history of Star Wars. We don't have a particular tie to the movie, but obviously we would prefer to launch Battlefront sometime close to when the movie launches,"
While this isn't a firm denial, I think it's safe to assume that we may not being seeing maps, characters and/or ships from Episode VII in Star Wars: Battlefront. This is disappointing news, but not that unreasonable. Due to both the game and film being in production at the same same time, with both expected to be release within close proximity to each other, it could make it difficult for both production teams to collaborate effectively. From what we saw in the first Battlefront teaser trailer, they seem to be focusing heavily on the Original Trilogy films. And even so, there's always the possibility of future downloadable content(DLCs) that is based on Episode VII.