EA Releases Star Wars Battlefront Developer Diary #1

EA published the first of four developer diaries on GAME’s Youtube channel yesterday, giving a brief look at the development of the recently announced Star Wars Battlefront title.

Developers reveal in the video that the use of sound effects from the original films, thanks to their partnership with Lucasfilm, adds a level of authenticity to the game that is unprecedented. DICE  has access to all the original materials and sets from the original films as well as the environments used to shoot the original trilogy. The developers claim that this will allow them to bring an unprecedented amount of detail to the game, from the design of storm trooper armor to the vehicles used in gameplay thanks to the use of photogrammetry. The technique, when applied to items from the Lucasfilm vaults, allows for actual props to be made into digital assets. Environments, weapons, vehicles, armor and more are made up of thousands of still pictures that are then mapped into a digital model. The same approach was used in 2014’s The Vanishing of Ethan Carter when it came to its environments though DICE is applying it on a much larger scale here.

Developers also revealed a few choice bits of information to the gameplay itself. Games will consist of 40 players (assumed 20 vs 20). Split-screen multiplayer will be making a comeback as well, which is interesting due to the announcement of there being no single player campaign.

We’ve got three more developer diaries promised in the future so gamers will have to wait to find out more information on the new incarnation of the beloved Battlefront series.

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Nick Bayer
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Greetings Nation! The name’s Nick Bayer, I’m 25 and have identified as a gamer since my father brought home Commander Keen when I was 5. I currently work as a Medical Social Worker and spend all of my free time either gaming, spending time with my beautiful fiance, or gaming with my beautiful fiance. I gradated in 2013 from Grand Valley State University with a degree in Psychology, I currently am in my final semester at Grand Valley State University for a Masters in Social Work.

I mainly use PC as my gaming platform of choice, primarily enjoying the genres of RPG, action-adventure, FPS, and strategy games (Including Grand Strategy!). I also play an unhealthy amount of Dota 2. My favorites include Max Payne 2, Bioshock 1, Crusader Kings 2, The Ace Combat series (4-6), and Spec Ops: The Line. My favorite games are the ones that excel at telling wonderful stories!

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