Published on May 6th, 2013 | by Mark Gibson, Editor/Community Manager
Disney Strikes Deal With EA For Future Star Wars Games
After the fate of LucasArts, there was much speculation on the future of the Star Wars game genre. A new hope has arisen as the Walt Disney Company and Electronic Arts have announced a multi-year agreement to develop games based on the Star Wars universe.
“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 on a statement on StarWars.com. “Collaborating with one of the world’s premier game developers will allow us to bring an amazing portfolio of new Star Wars titles to fans around the world.”
EA will begin creating Star Wars titles that cover all platforms and “the most popular game genres” for the “core gaming audience”.
While DICE, Viceral Games, and Bioware all currently hold Star Wars content and games, EA will join in as the fourth studio to be working on the Star Wars name.
“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. The new experiences we create may borrow from films, but the games will be entirely original with all new stories and gameplay.”
The future existence of LucasArts’ last two projects, Star Wars: 1313 and Star Wars: First Assault is still unknown.