EA to publish new Star Wars games from DICE, BioWare and Visceral
by John Callaham
In April, Disney announced it was shutting down the LucasArts game development and publishing division
as part of its acquisition of LucasFilm and its Star Wars properties. Today, Electronic Arts has emerged as the new custodian of future Star Wars-based games. EA's press release today
announced it has signed a multi-year deal with Disney "to develop and publish globally new games based on Star Wars characters and storylines." EA added that the new games will be made "for a core gaming audience, spanning all interactive platforms and the most popular game genres." Disney will still have the rights to develop Star Wars games based on mobile and tablet platforms, along with social and online-based games.
While specific details on the new Star Wars games were not revealed, EA did confirm that its DICE (Battlefield series) and Visceral (Dead Space series) studios will be making all new games. BioWare will also continue to develop Star Wars games; it already has two such games until its belt with the MMO title Star Wars: The Old Republic and the classic RPG Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. EA Labels President Frank Gibeau stated, "The new experiences we create may borrow from films, but the games will be entirely original with all new stories and gameplay."
Neither EA nor Disney revealed the specific financial agreements on this new Star Wars game license.
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