The complaint I hear most often leveled at DICE’s Star Wars: Battlefront reboot is that it’s just a Battlefield clone with a Star Wars skin. Honestly, that sounds perfectly fine by me, but I understand people are very concerned.
Well, DICE’s general manager Patrick Bach has tried to reassure those fears in an interview with Official PlayStation Magazine (via GamesRadar+). In it, he claims that not a single system from DICE’s flagship franchise has gotten its way into Star Wars: Battlefront, saying that the title should feel like its own experience:
I don’t think we have a single system in the game that is the same as in Battlefield. They are as far apart as any shooter would be to any other shooter. I think people will be surprised that it’s even a DICE game in some cases, but I think that the quality of the game and the quality of the audio, the visuals, the emotion it evokes will hopefully feel very DICE
I’ve played it, and while it certainly felt ‘Battlefield‘ like, I can understand this. Guns work totally differently, third person adds a new dynamic, there are powerups you run to collect, movement is much faster and more vertical . It does genuinely feel different. The question is will it feel different enough for those who don’t love Battlefield? That remains to be seen.