EA Enters Hyperdrive with Exclusive Rights to the Star Wars Franchise
Posted by Sammy Barker
The force is strong with this one
Ever wondered who’s going to make Star Wars games now that LucasArts is no more? The answer is EA, as the North American firm has entered a multi-year arrangement with rights holder Disney to develop and publish titles for the “core gaming market” based on the uber-popular franchise. These releases will supposedly span “the most popular genres”, and will include "all new stories and gameplay".
"While we don't have any details to share today on specific titles, our development teams are already brimming with design ideas," said a beaming Frank Gibeau, president of EA Labels. "The EA Studios that will develop these games are some of the most innovative and popular creative teams in the world, and include DICE and Visceral, in addition to the BioWare team, which is already developing for the Star Wars franchise."
Disney will continue to produce titles for the smartphone and online market, leaving EA to deal specifically with platforms such as the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. “This agreement demonstrates our commitment to creating quality game experiences that drive the popularity of the Star Wars franchise for years to come,” said Disney Interactive’s co-president John Pleasants. “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.”
The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. We guess that Dead Space is definitely done now, though, huh?