- A handful of reports have sparked speculation among the players about a possible sequel of Star Wars: Battlefront II;
- Some fans understood the humorous entries of two devs from DICE (Christian Johannesén and Peter Vesti Frendrup) as a possible teaser of a third installment;
- Others point to the involvement of actors known from Battlefront II (including Janina Gavankar, who played Iden Versio) in the new project.
Grand Theft Auto VI is a crowning example of how the lack of official information leads the players to seek out alleged clues in even the most trivial or questionable reports. However, it's hardly surprising to fans when their "discoveries" coincide with intriguing behavior of the devs. This is the case with the speculation about Star Wars: Battlefront III announcement, which appeared after a recent series of Twitter posts.
It all started last week, when Christian Johannesén from DICE posted a announcement of Star Wars: Battlefront II as one of two free games on Epic Games Store. In response, Peter Vesti Frendrup from the same team started a short conversation, in which they both jokingly praised the game. This encouraged user Ryan GoFett24 to write " Battlefront III is better, isn't it?", to which Frendrup responded with an animation showing a character counting to three.
At first glance, this could be considered a simple joke, which, as fans usually do, was taken far too seriously by Internet users. It should be noted that DICE is no stranger to this type of moves. The addition of General Grievous to Battlefront 2 in late 2018 was reacted to in a similar fashion. The very fact that the devs responded to the user's joke may make one (especially conspiracy theory fans) think.
However, there are other indications that Star Wars: Battlefront III is actually in development. Some time after the above "conversation", user Potatoslayer2 from Reddit drew attention to a series of entries from last year (partially deleted) published by three actors who provide their voices to characters from Battlefront 2. We're talking about Janina Gavankar (Iden Versio), Anthony Skordi (Admiral Versio) and T.J. Ramini (Del Meeko). In the last two months of 2020, all three participated in motion capture sessions (or recorded dialogues) and all three were in November in Los Angeles. Doubts were dispelled by the exchange of messages between Ramini and Skordi, in which both confirmed the re-establishment of cooperation.
Speaking of last year's "discoveries", some of the Internet users also pay attention to an entry by Matt Martin from Lucasfilm (more specifically from the so-called Lucasfilm Story Group, the division responsible for following the official canon of Star Wars). When one of the Twitter users asked him about the future of licensed games from the franchise, Martin openly expressed his excitement. He didn't reveal anything more, but, as some fans want it, it's easy to link his reactions to a possible announcement of Star Wars: Battlefront III.
Of course, it's important to take these reports with a grain of salt. Yes, apparently, there's something going on concerning Star Wars games. It may even have something to do with DICE and the new Battlefront. But all we have is speculation. That's why we traditionally recommend not to treat any of the above reports as facts until we get some kind of official information.