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EA Signs Exclusivity Deal With Disney To Make Star Wars Games

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We reported early last month that Disney shut down LucasArts and canceled all the games that the developer was working on. At the time, it was suggested that Disney would farm out future Star Wars games to outside publishers and developers. As it turns out, those Star Wars games will be going through only one publisher.

EA announced today that it has signed an exclusive deal with Disney to be the sole publisher of Star Wars games for the foreseeable future. The exclusivity deal only covers games targeting a core gamer audience with Disney’s own mobile division overseeing all casual and mobile titles.

“Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe,” said EA Labels president Frank Gibeau in a statement. “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.”

The three above mentioned studios should make Star Wars fans giddy with glee. All three are respected developers with a proven track record so any Star Wars games out of them should be good. DICE may even finally finish Battlefront III – a game many have been requesting for years now.

As for BioWare, a Star Wars game made by the core team could potentially be exciting as the studio also made Knights of the Old Republic – a title many consider to be the best Star Wars game ever made. Some may be hesitant of such a title, however, especially after BioWare’s The Old Republic failed to live up to the hype. The MMO was made by BioWare Austin, though, so some may be willing to give the main BioWare studio a chance, especially if its Star Wars game is similar to its recent Mass Effect trilogy.

[h/t: Kotaku]

EA Signs Exclusivity Deal With Disney To Make Star Wars Games
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  • Dan

    Oh god no… Well, this is the absolute worse thing that could happen. EA doesn’t give a damn about the SW universe. They just want to turn a quick buck. The people actually making the games may make an awesome game, but we’re going to be bogged down with “Always online” DRM and expansions galore that just unlock content already on the disc. Lucas really should have had better criteria for his contract before selling off his empire…

  • Samuel

    Ugh. From a gamer’s viewpoint, EA is the absolute worst company Disney could have entered an exclusivity contract with because EA and its legion of acquired studios tends to produce nothing but the most marginalized, lowest common denominator, bland, follow-the-latest-trend, DRM-ridden, unoriginal garbage around. They care only about maximizing ROI, not about producing solid games.

    The only reason Disney chose EA is because they know EA is likely to return the greatest profit on their titles. Quality isn’t even an afterthought here. This is going to be a trainwreck from a quality point of view, but both companies will certainly be seeing a lot of green out of this. Great for them. Bad for us.

  • Matt

    Bioware made one of the greatest Star Wars game of all time Star Wars Kights of the Old Republic. (Kotor) Awesome game, Great story and great plot twist. Then Bioware made the first 2 Mass Effects Which were Awesome. Then EA Bought them and Ruined Mass Effect 3 and also ruined the MMORPG Star Wars the Old Republic. I have all of he above Games, But as said above worst idea ever. EA if going to ruin the Star Wars Gaming Franchise Completely.