Well, that didn't take too long. Today, Walt Disney announced that they have entered in a multi-year agreement with Electronic Arts
to produce Star Wars
games. EA gets an exclusive license to make, what hopefully, will be some very good games to tie into the new movies as well as explore other parts of the Star Wars universe.
DICE, Visceral, and BioWare will be developing new games for the franchise so I'm sure many are hoping to see a new Battlefront headed by the folks at DICE. Now, Visceral's an interesting choice as I don't know what they'd do, but having experience in third person games, maybe they can take up Star Wars 1313 and continue running with that. BioWare, how about a new Knights of the Old Republic?
And will someone get me a new X-Wing Vs. Tie Fighter game please? You listening EA?
The Walt Disney Company and EA Announce Multi-Year Star Wars Games Agreement
Deal will bring new Star Wars games to fans across the most popular gaming genres and platforms
BURBANK, Calif. & REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--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.
“Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe”
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.”
Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.