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'Veteran Battlefield devs' working on Star Wars: Battlefront

Newly-announced game in development at Stockholm studio, exec confirms

Star Wars: Battlefront is in development at DICE's core Stockholm studio with "veteran" Battlefield developers at the helm.

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So confirmed Patrick Söderlund, exec VP of the EA Games label, in an interview with CVG at E3 today, during which he confirmed that Battlefield executive producer Patrick Bach and DICE general manager Karl-Magnus Troedsson jumped at the chance to develop a Battlefront game.

"It was almost not happening," said Söderlund of the deal with Disney that made the new Battlefront game possible.

"It was just something as boring as resources and availability. The DICE guys Karl-Magnus [Troedsson] and Patrick [Bach] were talking and I told them we were in dialogues with Disney over this deal and they just looked at me and said, 'why haven't you spoken to us? What are you doing? We want to make Battlefront'."

Söderlund went on, "DICE is a very particular place and they are very proud of what they do and you don't really tell them what to do. I didn't anticipate them wanting to work on a license - they've always been new IP or their own IP. But they were just like, 'we would kill to make this game' and the whole studio started talking about it like, 'please give us this game'."

He later said that "people that have worked on Battlefield for many years" including "Patrick [Bach] himself" are working on the new title, teased for the first time during the EA conference on Monday. "These are experienced DICE people in Sweden building this game - it's being built in Stockholm," he confirmed.

As well as the Sweden-headquartered outfit, Visceral Games and BioWare are also set to develop Star Wars games following the recent agreement of a multi-year deal between EA with Disney.

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