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Star Wars Battlefront release date 'preferably close' to Episode VII's

Both originally expected summer 2015, movie now due next Christmas

EA has said it would prefer to release DICE's new Star Wars Battlefront game close to the launch of Star Wars: Episode VII.

Last July, the publisher's CFO Blake Jorgensen said the Star Wars Battlefront reboot would "most likely come out around the same time as the Star Wars movies start to come out, probably in the summer of 2015".

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While JJ Abrams' forthcoming movie was originally expected to launch next summer, Disney has since confirmed a theatrical release date of December 18, 2015.

During EA's third quarter earnings call on Tuesday, the company was asked if the game and movie release date are tied together, and how Battlefront's launch could be affected by changes to the film's schedule.

EA Studios executive vice president Patrick Söderlund said (via Seeking Alpha): "As it relates to Star Wars, we've shown parts from the game today, so you know that what we're building is more rooted in the traditional Star Wars universe and not so much necessarily linked to the movies being made. And that's just because we wanted to make a game that celebrated the history of Star Wars.

"Obviously there will be things in there that are somewhat tied to the new movie. I wouldn't say that we have a particular tie to the movie. Now, obviously we would prefer to be close to the movie, but I wouldn't say that we're directly tied to it."

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