Earlier this week, it was announced that Electronic Arts had acquired the rights to exclusive produce Star Wars video games from Disney, who came into ownership of that license a few months back. It was also revealed last month that Star Wars: Battlefront III was indefinitely halted and all development had ceased on the title.
When you look at the initial announcement of all in-development LucasArts properties being halted combined with the announcement that EA would be making all future Star Wars games...well, it's hard not to speculate. Chances are, nothing will ever come of Battlefront III but with the cult popularity of the first two titles, it isn't impossible to think that EA may dig it back up out of development hell and put it in the hands of some talented developers.
Electronic Arts has already announced that Visceral Games, DICE and BioWare are all pledged to beginning production on a Star Wars title so who's to say that DICE won't bring their talents at creating great first-person shooters as well as the might of Frostbite 3 to the table with Battlefront III?
To understand the likelihood of this, you have to ask yourself the all-important question - the same question that EA will be asking themselves right about now - what does Electronic Arts stand to gain from resuming development on Star Wars: Battlefront III?
As it turns out, quite a lot actually.