Disney bought out Star Wars, er Lucas Arts, and many questions came up. Everyone seemed to have a Star Wars license somewhere, and we knew this was the whole reason Disney wanted the company. So where do the cartoons, comic, games, etc end up? Well we have an answer to the games.
EA and Disney announced that EA now has exclusive control over the video game licenses of Star Wars. This includes all the characters and storylines, which most likely includes the future movie tie ins. The good news is this only includes games for the “core gamer” audience. Disney still has rights to the casual, mobile, and social platforms. So all the “get more energy” games will be coming from someone else!
EA noted that Bioware will continue to make Star Wars titles, while DICE and Visceral Games will be joing in on the fun. EA did once own the Pandemic Studio that created Battlefront, so perhaps that game can still live sometime in the future? Or how about Star Wars 1313? Below is the full press release from EA:
The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) and Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today announced a new multi-year exclusive licensing agreement to develop and publish globally new games based on Star Wars characters and storylines.
Under the agreement, EA 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.
“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 our 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. 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.”