Electronic Arts strikes deal with Disney, acquires license to make Star Wars games
EA has recently struck a deal with Disney to create new Star Wars games, giving the company potential to bring a slew of new IP's based on characters from the iconic sci-fi franchise.
EA, the publisher of some of the most recognized and acclaimed titles in the gaming sector, has recently struck a deal with Disney to create new Star Wars games.
Today EA announced the deal, confirming that the company "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."
EA's Frank Gibeau has also confirmed that a trio of studios are developing Star Wars titles: Dead Space developer Visceral Games, Battlefield's DICE, and Bioware–the team behind the critically acclaimed Mass Effect franchise.
“Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe,” Gibeau said. “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.”
In an official blog post on EA's website, Gibeau goes on to confirm that the new titles will indeed use the new Frostbite 3 engine, hinting at a next-gen releases and all but guarantees incredible environments, graphics and physics.
Disney's co-president John Pleasants had the following to say about the news:
“This agreement demonstrates our commitment to creating quality game experiences that drive the popularity of the Star Wars franchise for years to come,” Pleasants began. “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.”
With three of its top studios working on Star Wars-themed titles, EA has secured what looks to be a fruitful endeavor with a galaxy of possibilities. We may very well see a slew of Battlefront sequels, most likely a BioWare RPG set in the universe, and maybe even a survival-horror release from Visceral–hey, it could happen!
It certainly will be interesting to see what EA has planned with this new deal, as the franchise itself is rife with a multitude of characters, planets, and a deep mythos that spans galaxies. EA has tapped some of the most renowned and credible developers under their label to shape a new universe of Star Wars games, which will most likely allay some of the worries of handing off the rights to a non-experienced studio.
We may also see specific game adaptations of the upcoming Episode VII, or even spin-offs that chronicle some of the lesser-known characters in the universe. With a huge array of source material that spans dozens of books and graphic novels, EA will surely have no loss of inspiration.
No specific information has been released thus far from EA regarding what specific titles that are included in this new deal struck with Disney, but once more information comes to light we'll be sure to update you.