EA gets rights to future Star Wars games

News Aaron Birch 7 May 2013 - 06:38

Publisher Electronic Arts has bagged the Star Wars game license from Disney...

EA has been granted the rights by Disney to develop Star Wars-based games for consoles, PC and mobile platforms.

The deal, which was announced yesterday, will let EA dip further into the lucrative Star Wars universe, which it already does to some degree with The Old Republic from EA-owned BioWare, a title which has had many ups and downs.

According to EA's Frank Gibeau, the new games may borrow from the films, but they'll be totally new creations. He said in a statement, "Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe. 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.

LucasFilm's president, Kathleen Kennedy, said, "Our number one objective was to find a developer who could consistently deliver our fans great Star Wars games for years to come.

"When we looked at the talent of the teams that EA was committing to our games and the quality of their vision for Star Wars, the choice was clear."

With Disney stating that it plans to release a Star Wars film every year, EA, with its catalogue of annual releases is probably a good publisher to approach. And, BioWare, DICE and Visceral are capable of producing great titles, so the future may be bright for Star Wars titles. Will we see Star Wars 1313, or Battlefront III at any point, though? Let's hope so.

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