EA’s/Dice’s new Star Wars: Battlefront game is currently in a similar situation PR-wise and marketing wise as EA’s/BioWare’s Knights of the Fallen Empire. There isn’t much information about either game from official sources except for a few bits of information here and there. For KOTFE, it’s the story aspect and for Battlefront it’s the authenticity of the graphics.
After the exciting event of D23, where the only new information about Battlefront was the nine different game modes, DICE said that the following articles explained their marketing principal and explained to the community why there was not much information. This is likely the same for BioWare.
Game developers are not typically very secretive when it comes to general game development information within and outside of the company. However, the PR and marketing will prevent developers from talking about certain game information for the following reasons:
- The first impression of a feature is the one impression that people will keep. This has to be timed right when you do reveal a feature.
- People usually forget about a new game/expansion if all of the information is released too early and you want to keep gamers interest.
- Anything that a PR person says is looked at as a promised by the general population. Even the stuff that is released from people outside of the company is taken as a promise.
- The public doesn’t know how to develop games in a developing company, even if they know how to create games their selves.
Open development studios are exactly open, they always choose what to show players and when.