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Star Wars Exclusive Rights Acquired by EA

/ May 7th, 2013 No Comments

Disney and EA
Disney and EA

Disney and EA

Disney and Electronic Arts have reached a multi-year exclusive licensing agreement to develop and publish Star Wars games, EA announced.

EA will now bring Star Wars characters and storylines to life for a core gaming audience across all platforms, including consoles, PCs, tablets and mobile devices. Disney will still hold certain rights to create mobile, social and online titles.

Disney acquired the Star Wars franchise last year in a $4.05 billion purchase of Lucasfilm. LucasArts, the company’s internal game developer, was included in the purchase. Disney shut down LucasArts last month in favor of a licensing model.

Developers DICEVisceral Games and BioWare were specifically pointed out as in-house EA talent pegged to create new Star Wars titles under the agreement. DICE is the maker of the Battlefield franchise and Frostbite game engine. Visceral Games is the studio in charge of the Dead Space series, which has been rumored to be coming to an end. BioWare, most famous for the Mass Effect franchise, developed the massively multiplayer role-playing game Star Wars: The Old Republic.

“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 deal were not disclosed. No new games in the Star Wars universe were announced.

In a statement on the company blog, EA revealed they are taking fan suggestions for future Star Wars projects via Twitter. Gamers can tag @EA_DICE, @VisceralGames and @BioWare using the hashtag #starwarsnextgen to submit their recommendations.

Ryan Bloom

Ryan Bloom

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