The Force is strong with this one.
Today is a great day for Star Wars fans and gamers. It was just last month when Disney shut down LucasArts and the future of Star Wars games were put on hold. Well earlier today Disney announced a multi-year deal with Electronic Arts that gives exclusive rights to develop and publish Star Wars video games. According the agreement:
“EA will develop and publish new Star Wars titles for a core gaming audience, spanning all interactive platforms and the most popular game genres, while Disney will retain certain rights to develop new titles within the mobile, social, tablet and online game categories.”
“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.
I am very excited to see where Visceral Games, DICE, and BioWare, take the Star Wars franchise. No word on any specific games were announced. Nothing about Star Wars 1313. Hopefully one of these publishers will take the reigns and give us a Star Wars game we all want and deserve. Star Wars Battlefront III? Only time will tell.
We will keep you updated with any new info about EA, Disney and Star Wars as soon as it’s released.