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EA snaps up a “multi-year” deal to make Star Wars titles

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As part of Disney’s new videogame strategy to outsource its popular licenses to other companies, a “multi-year” agreement to develop variousĀ Star Wars titles has been reached with Electronic Arts. No specific titles have been announced yet, but EA states that it will be developing and publishing games “for a core gaming audience, spanning all interactive platforms and the most popular game genres.”

Meanwhile, Disney will retain the rights to develop Star Wars games for mobile devices, tablets and the like.

A quote from EA’s Frank “DRM is a failed, dead-end strategy” Gibeau confirms that EA studios DICE, Visceral and BioWare will be involved in the development of whatever emerges from this deal:

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.

As usual with these high-level deals, the interesting stuff like financial details is not being disclosed.

Let speculation now commence about a DICE-developed Battlefront 3, a Dead Space-style title from Visceral, moreĀ Knights of the Old Republic from BioWare, and the inevitable FPS from whoever EA deems suitable.

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  • nasarius

    I feel obligated to say “I have a bad feeling about this”, but it couldn’t really be worse than the past 5+ years with LucasArts, could it? Expect another KOTOR, another Jedi Knight, probably a third-person cover shooter for consoles.

    But I will be disappointed if they stick with the dull Old Republic setting, and never touch the much more interesting Rebellion. Really, Jedi weren’t the only cool thing about Star Wars. Give me a smuggler RPG, or another X-Wing game.

  • sorudo

    and there go’s any chance for a good quality star wars game, it was fun but it’s bye bye.

  • Gotard

    I am conflicted by this news. On one hand, I’m excited that this likely means that we’ll be seeing games like Battlefront 3 on the Frostbite 3 engine and a new KOTOR.

    But, on the other, it means that all the Star Wars games, while being in the hands of three great developers, I fear from now on are going to be EA’d and riddled with micro transactions and abrasive online DRM requirements.

  • DavidTheSlayer

    I feel the same as Gotard, Battlefront 3 and jedi knight stuff would be cool just hope they turn out okay if they’re to be produced.