Not sure anybody's ever said they need to make a bad game though?
By Alice Lynton on August 24, 2013 at 9:18 am
Former DICE boss turned EA Games label head Patrick Söderlund hopes the publisher can do something special with the recently-acquires Star Wars license.
“The most important thing for me is that we take the Star Wars license and come up with games where peoples’ jaws drop,” he told Polygon. “We need to do with this what [Batman: Arkham Asylum] did for the Batman license.”
Star Wars games have been quit hit-and-miss in the past, and EA is taking a good, hard look at what’s come before.
“We didn’t toss anything out. We’re looking at the old games. We have access to everything that was done during the LucasArts era. But we do want to take our own stance,” Söderlund said.
Quite what that stance is, we don’t know – it’s too early to start talking about even the first game, DICE’s Battlefront. What is encouraging is that DICE actually requested the title, to Söderlund’s surprise, suggesting the team is passionate about getting it right.
“I didn’t think they wanted to build it. I thought they only wanted their own IP. But it’s a really good fit,” the executive added.