Yesterday, Disney announced Electronic Arts will be the exclusive provider for any current and future Star Wars video games. Disney still retained certain rights to develop “New titles within the mobile, social, tablet and online game categories.”
According to CNN, Electronic Arts will be the only publisher creating Star Wars games for the core gaming console audience. What does this mean for you and me? Well, games that were cancelled when Lucas Arts closed earlier last year will now be acquired to EA. So, Star Wars 1313 may still have a chance on coming out. Games that are already out like Star Wars: The Old Republic which Bioware released in 2011 will be safe from the chopping block.
“This agreement demonstrates our commitment to creating quality game experiences that drive the popularity of the Star Wars franchise for years to come,” said John Pleasants, Co-President of Disney Interactive. “Collaborating with one of the world’s premier game developers will allow us to bring an amazing portfolio of new Star Wars titles to our fans around the world.”
“Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe,” said EA Labels President Frank Gibeau. “Three of our top studios will fulfill that dream, crafting epic adventures for Star Wars fans. DICE and Visceral will produce new games, joining the BioWare team which continues to develop for the Star Wars franchise. The new experiences we create may borrow from films, but the games will be entirely original with all new stories and gameplay.”
Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Time will tell on how EA will treat this gift. I for one being a hardcore star wars fan will keep a close eye.
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