"ea selected for multi-year agreement for the future of star wars gaming"

ELECTRONIC ARTS SELECTED FOR MULTI-YEAR AGREEMENT FOR THE FUTURE OF STAR WARS GAMING

Source: Starwars.com

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.

So many oxymorons…

Not entirely surprising, but kind of disappointing.

Isn’t it kind of surprising though considering SWTOR failed as hard as it did?

Depends on who actually lost money there. I’m assuming that Lucas was happy with their fixed licensing fee, and EA still considers it a franchise that they can recoup their investment on for future titles.

Also likely to be some pragmatic reasons, considering channels for official approvals presumably already in place due to previous project, and all basic legal licensing framework presumably paid for and road-tested, as well.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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I have no real opinion about the news, EA can be hit or miss with it’s IP’s, but maybe we’ll get a KOTOR III from BioWare, which could be good (unless they Bioware-it-up like they’ve been doing). I also would like to see Battlefront III actually get made.

That dude shorting EA from the other thread is going to be hurting on this news.

Remember that EA is doing poorly, all those layoffs, stock price, no CEO, etc. My feeling is that Disney got a sweet deal for exclusivity.

Lucas was infamous for squeezing partners using its IP, but Disney was in the right place at the right time-- the EA Q4 earnings call is tomorrow.

Um…er…I have no idea how to react to this…

Rage! Respond with rage! Because it’s fun.

I would expect to see some titles already in development brutally cut down and refitted for Star Wars released these holidays for next-gen consoles. They won’t be very good, but they’ll make money based on the IP and being launch titles alone. Next year maybe we’ll get some worthy releases.

I’m not that ragey though. I feel more sadness today.

Yeah, I’m no good at rage either. Plus, fuck Star Wars.

I’ll just keep playing TIE Fighter. Over and over again.

This.

I’m sure they’ll be hiring Larry Holland to direct a reboot of X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter. Right? RIGHT?

Yeah, there is no way to interpret this as anything other than Disney saying “fuck it, you guys deal with it” with regard to Star Wars as a gaming IP. There goes any hope for a careful, developer-by-developer, genre-by-genre approach to SW gaming for the forseeable future.

We already have World of Starwars. Get ready for Medal of Honor: Starwarsfighter and SimCity Coruscant. All 100% online, of course. Star Wars gaming is doomed to mediocrity.

I think I’ll watch videos of Kinect Star Wars until my expectations are so low that everything will be a wonderful surprise!

Or I’ll kill myself first, whichever.