EA and Disney have decided to put their heads together to keep the Star Wars series as a relevant platform for game productions in the years to come. EA and Disney signed, "a new multi-year exclusive licensing agreement to develop and publish globally new games based on Star Wars characters and story lines." EA stands to take hold of one of the most popular story platforms available through this move. Games have been produced based on the Star Wars universe for almost as long as we have been playing video games as a whole and it seems only right to keep the heritage alive.
After the agreement was signed EA now looks forward to “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." It also appears that EA is wasting no time to get things moving because they went on to reveal that EA already has 3 major development houses already working on the next group of games. The production and development teams that were named as “already at work” are Mass Effect developer BioWare, Dead Space developer Visceral, and Battlefield developer DICE. Based on these development groups’ track records we can expect some serious titles with the name Star Wars attached to them in the future.
EA Labels president Frank Gibeau spoke and related the excitement level that this agreement has introduced for EA. Gibeau stated, “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.” We can look forward to the new Star Wars games from EA to utilize the new Frostbite 3 development engine. By throwing their newest and best at the task EA is proving their commitment to the Star Wars endeavor. With this amazing Frostbite engine already being set as the ground work for development we will be sure to see some stunning graphics, crisp gameplay, and great environments in the new titles. This is all great news for those who are fans of the Star Wars universe and we can expect, through this collaboration between Disney and EA, A bright future of Star Wars games.
Written by David Ausberry