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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TIE Fighter reboot?

this is good news as they own BIOware and they make good star wars games

Knights of the old Republic <3 great games - but does this mean the the Kyle Katarn stuff is finished though? :/ The Jedi outcast series easily had the best light saber mechanics and decent stories to boot.

Would like to 1313 saved from the trash heap...

You know what I was thinking? I was thinking "Star Wars as a franchise is in the balance really, after a string of bad films and no great games since KotOR, so what it needs right now is a really adventurous, innovative publisher who has shown in the past how much they care about both their customers and their fan base to take up the mantle and breathe some refreshing new air into these games. That publisher is EA." That's what I was thinking. That happened.

Oh dear. This is not good news

/sigh/

The Emperor's face in this is hilarious. :)

Get me Battlefront III right now.

This is EA, if they were to go that route they'd just release it as it is right now...

AHA!! I see what you did there...

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