Disney And Electronic Arts Partner Up For Future STAR WARS Video Games

Electronic Arts, creators and publishers of The Sims, Battlefield, SimCity, Mass Effect, Need For Speed and FIFA have signed a multi-year deal with Disney to create the next couple years' worth of Star Wars video games!

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By Alex Lynch - 5/6/2013

In a press release issued earlier today from StarWars.com, it was announced that Electronic Arts will create multiple Star Wars video games for the next few years spanning across all platforms, including PC and mobile tablets. According to the below press release, EA's owned studios such as DICE, BioWare (who are no strangers to the franchise) and Visceral will develop the games. Casual games for the franchise will be developed by Disney. Read below for the full details. Sound off below with your thoughts on this agreement!

Today it was announced that Lucasfilm Ltd. and Disney Interactive are entering into a multi-year, multi-title exclusive licensing agreement with Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) for the creation of new high quality Star Wars games spanning multiple genres for console, PC, mobile, and tablets.

Industry leaders and creators of best-in-class blockbuster games, the development and publishing teams at EA will collaborate with the creative teams at Lucasfilm to provide audiences with all-new gaming experiences set in the ever-expanding Star Wars galaxy. As part of the agreement, EA studio teams DICE (Battlefield series) and Visceral (Dead Space series) will join BioWare (Mass Effect series, Star Wars: The Old Republic) in the development of new Star Wars games.

"Our number one objective was to find a developer who could consistently deliver our fans great Star Wars games for years to come," said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. "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."

While EA studios will develop for the core Star Wars gaming audience, Disney Interactive will focus on delivering new Star Wars games for casual audiences on mobile, social, tablet, and online gaming platforms.

"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. "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."

"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."

More information, including titles in development, will be announced in the coming months. Continue to check StarWars.com for updates on the future of Star Wars gaming.





Source: StarWars.com
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FightAs0ne - 5/6/2013, 1:25 PM
So they gave up on Lucus Arts Dev, not the games themselves. Ok I'm cool with this.
DarthVenom - 5/6/2013, 1:31 PM
Say goodbye to decent Star Wars games then-_- at of all the companies Disney could have chose to partner up with they partnered up with F*cking EA?!
VenomSpawnRises - 5/6/2013, 1:36 PM
Are you [frick]ing kidding me? EA? [frick] you Disney you [frick]ing idiots.
maryboo - 5/6/2013, 1:38 PM
EA are [frick]ing assholes.
They are the AT&T of game companies.
They ruined Mass Effect and Sim City and now they're gonna ruin Star Wars.
DEATHbyEXILE - 5/6/2013, 1:40 PM
subzero1077 - 5/6/2013, 1:42 PM
Yay microtransactions... said no one ever!
LucasMend - 5/6/2013, 1:43 PM
Meh, I'd prefer ubisoft.
Jazza815 - 5/6/2013, 1:44 PM
Not EA.

ANYONE but EA.

ThisIsHeavy - 5/6/2013, 1:46 PM
I just want Star Wars 1313, I'm tired of all of this family friendly crap.
Ocelot - 5/6/2013, 1:46 PM

when EA get their claws into something you might aswell forget it, you'll either get a half completed game, launch day/day 1 downloadable content, an emphasis on purchasing useless dlc, forced multiplayer, a shortened single player etc

@maryboo agree about Sim City, however Mass effect was an exception and actually a good game, the writers cough cough Casey Mother[frick]ing Hudson ruined the game with that BS ending they pulled, for allegedly artistic purposes, I'll never forgive for that bull shit



FightAs0ne - 5/6/2013, 1:46 PM
Bioware, the same ones that gave us Mass Effect and Knight of the Old Republic, and DICE, the ones that gave us Battlefield. I have no problem with this at all, I'm actually excited.
iPaul - 5/6/2013, 1:46 PM
EA?!
What the hell were they thinking?
BRAD3NGUNN - 5/6/2013, 1:50 PM
I hate EA as a company, but the way I see it this could work.

Dice - Battlefront, Republic Commando, Jedi Knight.

Visceral - Death Troopers, The Force Unleashed

Bioware - KOTOR
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 5/6/2013, 2:00 PM
[frick] Disney. Thank for taking away 1313 assholes.
Rowsdower - 5/6/2013, 2:03 PM
DISNEY

RPD - 5/6/2013, 2:04 PM
All right! Go EA!!
polarkyle - 5/6/2013, 2:06 PM
Can someone please to me why you guys hats ea
exe - 5/6/2013, 2:06 PM
This is bound to fail. EA has no imagination.
Moakynubs - 5/6/2013, 2:06 PM
I'm not a huge fan of EA, but I'm happy as long as we get a worthy KOTOR 3 or something like that.
TheAbaryMan369 - 5/6/2013, 2:07 PM
EA?

They make games that kids find amazing. If they are making a kids Star Wars game then that's fine, but we want a Star Wars game for ALL ages. THAT IS NOT HARD! If they can actually make a good Star Wars game, then I change my opinion on the immediately.

Their only games SLIGHTLY playable (that I've played) are Medal of Honor, SimCity, and NHL series.
zachshivey - 5/6/2013, 2:14 PM
My cousin used to work for EA in Cali. Thats why she left because their creativity was so low & any time a new idea was presented they would brush it off.
HavocPrime - 5/6/2013, 2:33 PM


My god this is a nightmare and I cannot wake up from it :S
ATrueHero1987 - 5/6/2013, 2:34 PM
Guys, DICE(Battlefield) & Visceral(Dead Space) are developing these games. That's GOOD
DarthMauve - 5/6/2013, 2:34 PM
EA also have a horrendous reputation for treating staff very poorly (even for the games industry). Plus I'm still very butthurt at what they did to Bioware - Infinity Engime games FTW! :)
Goggles - 5/6/2013, 2:38 PM
Sweet! I can't 'til I have to go through Origin!

Note: That was sarcasm. Extreme sarcasm.
OdinsBeard - 5/6/2013, 2:39 PM
ur wallets are about to get a workout!
Ocelot - 5/6/2013, 2:50 PM
wonder if EA will rush the developers to make these games, wtf am I talking about of course they will.

@ATrueHero1987 take a look at what EA have done to Dragon Age 2(Bioware), Dead Space 3(Visceral games) Crysis 2 and 3(Crytek) and the recent batch of Need for speed games, all either rushed,half completed, focused on day 1 dlc, carbon copies of a previous entry all done for coporate greed
Wingding - 5/6/2013, 2:56 PM
1313 or GTFO
nach1wan - 5/6/2013, 3:02 PM
we are doomed
norseman79 - 5/6/2013, 3:03 PM
Awesome. Now I can look forward to shitty, always online drm, rushed games with terrible writing, and buggy products.


[frick] EA. With a jackhammer.
marvel72 - 5/6/2013, 3:04 PM
mass effect 3 had a pretty shit ending & now they're making star wars games.
jonnytheshirt - 5/6/2013, 3:05 PM
Erm SWTOR anyone? EA ruined it. Worst £200 I ever spent on an MMO.
coopwrx - 5/6/2013, 3:13 PM
I really don't get why Disney killed off the video game side of Lucas when it could have been a great platform for them for not only the Star Wars games but for Disney and Marvel.

Not the strategy I would have taken if I had acquired such an asset.
Ocelot - 5/6/2013, 3:18 PM
@marvel72 though I absolutely detest EA, that original joke BS of an ending in Mass Effect 3 was the fault of the Bioware Writers in particular Casey [frick]ing Hudson, cant attribute the blame to EA in that situation. However stuff that was orginally supposed to be in the game were either removed of scrapped early for DLC purposes, sanctioned by EA of course
FrankieDedo - 5/6/2013, 3:28 PM
If EA itslef do those games then, we're [frick]ed, if they pass some projects to some internal teams (dice e.g.) we a have a new hope ;)
FrankieDedo - 5/6/2013, 3:29 PM
"As part of the agreement, EA studio teams DICE (Battlefield series) and Visceral (Dead Space series) will join BioWare (Mass Effect series, Star Wars: The Old Republic) in the development of new Star Wars games. "

Ok we have something there.
Azrael725 - 5/6/2013, 3:31 PM
Even though i hate EA from their money grubbing and stuff i will say that if anyone is going to make Star Wars and make them quick it will be EA. They know the fans want them and they will get the ball rolling quickly.
Brady1138 - 5/6/2013, 3:43 PM
People here in the comments section are pathetic.
Darkknight23 - 5/6/2013, 4:32 PM
You broke up Lucas Arts to do a deal with EA? Makes sense to me....
gedafe - 5/6/2013, 4:38 PM
Meh, EA used to be a great PC/Console gaming company way back when Sega was still making consoles. However, it gorged itself on some of the better companies, and became a mediocre game company that doesn't really make any spectacular games anymore.

Hey, they're the worst company two years in a row. Check it out:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2013/04/09/ea-voted-worst-company-in-america-again/

But I'll reserve any happiness until they start producing some good Star Wars games. Honestly, there are very few good ones, and I can only name one: Star Wars Battlefront 2.
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