'Star Wars Battlefront' Gameplay: EA Announces An April Debut For The Highly-Anticipated Shooter

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated Mar 19, 2015 01:14 PM EDT

Anticipation for the reboot of Star Wars Battlefront is extremely high, with the last main entry in the very popular series coming back in 2005. The passionate fans went wild when the game was teased at E3, and EA has announced that it will make its public debut this April.

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The publisher revealed today that Star Wars Battlefront will be playing a part in the Star Wars Celebration next month in Anaheim, from April 16-19. As EA says, it's hard to imagine a better place to reveal a popular game set in the universe than a venue with legions of lovings fans.

What we need to hope for is that this is a real, full reveal. We want to see gameplay, learn features, and see a real game unfolding. 'Concept demos' were very common at E3 last year, and while they show off the general idea of what a game will be like, it's not the same as actual gameplay. If EA only show off an extended CGI sequence or trailer, well, this will have been quite overhyped--fans will not be happy. For now, all we have is the teaser trailer from E3, below.

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A third title had been mentioned and discussed in the past, but the shutdown of original developer Pandemic Studios put the franchise in indefinite hiatus. EA has been able to bring it back with the Disney license for Star Wars titles, and it's unclear how similar (if it all) the new game will be to the canceled project. There was talk of great features like directly going from surface to air battles in your fighter, but it's impossible to say what we'll see for now. Will it abandon its more arcadey roots for a Battlefield-like experience? It is EA, after all, but we'll have to wait a month to find out.

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