EA held its earnings call today, and there was a lot of Star Wars talk as investors and analysts had questions about the recent Star Wars Battlefront 2 controversy. During the conference call EA CEO Andrew Wilson described the Star Wars Battlefront 2 episode as a "learning opportunity" even as the game failed to meet predicted sales targets. In addition, the next Star Wars game from EA probably won't even be a new Battlefront, but rather one from Respawn.
"We never intended to build an experience that could be seen as unfair or lacking clear progression," said Wilson addressing key complaints about Battlefront 2's loot system. "So we removed the feature that was taking away from what fans were telling us was an otherwise great game."
Battlefront 2 sold 9 million copies during the holiday season, which were below expectations because of the loot box controversy. Players first suspected that the game could reward players who simply purchased the most powerful characters and upgrades during the early beta, and had their suspicions confirmed when the game launched early for pre-orders. EA ultimately decided to pull the monetization from the game, but revealed as it did back in 2017, that it will be reintroduced at some point once it's been internally worked on.
"We remain committed to the franchise, the team is working diligently on new content and live updates," said Wilson. Wilson even addressed questions about Disney's response to the controversy by saying," You shouldn't believe everything you read in the press. We are very proactive in relationships in service of our players. We have good relations with Disney."
EA's CFO Blake Jorgensen however revealed that the next big Star Wars game from EA will most likely be Respawn's third-person action-adventure game which is slated for sometime between April 2019 and March 2020. No word on the retooled Project Tango which EA took over from the now defunct Visceral.
Anthem, BioWare's new IP has also been delayed into 2019, and Fall 2018 will see a new Battlefield game instead. The next game in the Battlefield serie is expected in October.