We were all excited to see the trailer that for Star Wars Battlefront during Star Wars celebration in April. It was the first time we were able to see any type of in engine footage, but many people out there were disappointed that there was no actual gameplay shown during the celebration.

Niklas Fegraeus, Design Director for Battelfront, wrote an open letter to fans today to let them know how development is coming and exactly when they will be able to see their first pieces of gameplay.

You want to see gameplay and you simply want to know more about the game’s features and learn about what you can look forward to in November. I truly appreciate your passion and questions, but I hope you understand we will answer them as we can. The game is still in development, but rest assured, your questions will be answered in the coming months as we prepare for launch starting November 17.

Clearly the team is still very busy finishing up the game, so there is a very real possibility that they were not completely ready to show off a gameplay portion to the public during the celebration. That being said, there was a closed doors gameplay demo for members of the media only during the celebration, so even though the vast majority of us did not see gameplay, some people did and were very impressed.

There is a ton of hard work being put into Battlefront, including the use of brand new technologies to make the game the most authentic Star Wars experience yet.

Another part of this philosophy is a desire to recreate this universe in ways never done before in a video game. We have looked at many new technologies that will allow us to truly take a leap into the new generation of video game fidelity, and this has resulted in physically based rendering as well as photogrammetry workflows. These are not easy things to do, but the hard work has truly paid off, allowing us to deliver an authentic, immersive experience with Star Wars Battlefront.

Another aspect of the game that many people are still wondering about is starfighter battles. In Battlefront 2, you could participate in massive space battles. These were some of my personal favorite portions of the game, but EA DICE announced that space battles would not be a part of their Battlefront game this time around. However, there will be starfighter battles happening in atmosphere via the Fighter Squadron game mode.

For example, we have created new game modes and made new maps to cater to their specific experience. You could see a tiny snippet of this in our trailer where you saw the Fighter Squadron mode, where you engage in huge Starfighter battles over canyons big enough to be truly epic. Then, for those not in the mood for large scale battles, we have created Missions where players can, for example, take on armies of AI or test their piloting skills. All our Missions can be played either alone or cooperatively, making them perfect for some quick Star Wars action when you have a friend over.

It seems like DICE is really making an effort to put as much authentic Star Wars material in this game, and from that we could see during the celebration trailer, the hard work is paying off. We are all excited to see gameplay from Battlefront, and we only have about a month longer to wait til we can finally see some.

I really look forward to showing you all more from the game as we get closer to release, and for you guys who are asking me when you can see gameplay, I can tell you that we have great plans for E3.

So tune in starting June 15, because at E3 this year, Star Wars Battlefront gameplay will make its debut and we’re all super excited to show it to you.

Mark it on your calendars everyone,June 15th is the day that we will finally be able to see gameplay from Star Wars Battlefront, and be ready for other surprises as well. Last year, EA surprised us with a beta program for Battlefield Hardline with sign ups starting immediately. I wouldn’t be surprised if some surprise alpha or demo were released for Battlefront during the conference.