The lights are on
If only Star Wars Day hadn't been over the weekend, the symmetry would have been beautiful. Disney and EA have just announced an exclusive, multi-year deal that puts the publisher at the helm of new Star Wars titles for the "core gaming audience."
The arrangement, which was just announced, covers all platforms and the "most popular" game genres. Disney has not ceded all rights, retaining control to create new games for online, social, and mobile audiences. This explains the cancelation of Star Wars 1313 (which we had hoped might be reversed), the rumored Xbox Live Arcade Battlefront title, and more.
Unfortunately, this makes it unlikely we'll receive the Stardock- or Firaxis-developed strategy titles we hoped for, but maybe Battlefront will see new life with DICE. EA will report its fiscal year 2013 earnings tomorrow, and this is likely to help nudge investor confidence upward.
Frank Gibeau, President of EA Labels has also posted about the deal on the official EA Blog. Based on the call for ideas and suggestions at the bottom, it looks like they might want to stay internal, at least to start with. The blog entry indicates the Twitter accounts of DICE, Visceral Games, and BioWare.
“The Force is strong with this one.”
I love that line. It instantly transports me back to my childhood, to an epic world that had a powerful influence on my life. Like hundreds of millions of people, I am a true believer – someone who can’t get enough of the story, the culture, and the ethos of Star Wars.
Today, The Walt Disney Company has announced that they have chosen EA to create new Star Wars experiences for gamers worldwide.
The magic of Star Wars is interwoven into the worlds, characters, planets and amazing battles. It is a universe that lends itself perfectly to gaming. Our agreement unlocks a whole new future of Star Wars games that will span consoles, PCs, tablets, mobile and more.
While we don’t have any details to share today on specific titles, our development teams are already brimming with design ideas. 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. These imaginative teams will make games that may borrow from films, but the games will be entirely original with all new stories. Powering it all will be the Frostbite 3 development engine – guaranteeing incredible graphic fidelity, environments and characters.
We have lots of ideas, but we want to hear from you. Tell us what kind of games you want to play. Send us your suggestions and tag @EA_DICE @VisceralGames @BioWare and #starwarsnextgen.
Full press release on page two.
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So never playing a starwars game again, gotcha.
Oh, come on! Seriously? F*** you, EA. F*** you.
That means they will never make it onto the Wii U.
*cues the clip of Vader*
I expect to See an EA Death star logo.
Hopefully we see some variety. I'd hate to see this exclusive deal go to just one type of game each year or two. And if it does, hopefully it's a good game.
Dear God Please Don't let EA screw this one up. Amen
Great move Disney! Way to go! I think they really nailed this one on the head! What better to do with such a great franchise that's already been DEFECATED on so many times BY IT'S CREATOR than to hand it over to the TWO-TIME WORST COMPANY IN AMERICA AWARD WINNER! Brilliant! Absolutely BRILLIANT! I can't think of a better way to official end all ties to Star Wars than this. Greatly appreciated, Disney, GREATLY appreciated! Enjoy your DESECRATED franchise, everyone, I'm gonna go join the Trekkies (or Trekkers if you prefer).
And thank you GameInformer for the opportunity to RANT and RAVE about all this crap! Glad I can be COMPLETELY DONE WITH STAR WARS! Good riddance to formerly decent and now ATROCIOUS rubbish!
I sense a disturbance in the Force....
Seriously though, EA, really? That's like Darth Vader conducting Anger Management Sessions for Wookies. A bad idea.
I would venture a guess that the next Star Wars game won't be coming to Steam.
After years of watching EA buy game companies I love (i.e. Westwood, Origin, etc.) and then move on to ruin every game they had created, I can do nothing but weep at the thought of Star Wars in their detrimentally incapable hands. EA talentless and money grubbing will do what they always do, look for the best way to bleed peoples pockets dry and not care less about the heart of the game.
For the love of f****** christ... What will EA ruin next?
You were supposed to bring balance to the Star Wars games, not leave it in darkness! Honestly though, we'll see how it turns out. Please do not make battlefront 3 a battlefield mod. I want it to remain its own IP and play like the third person class based shooter it once was.
BATTLEFRONT 3!!! PLEASE!!!!
STAR WARS Battlefront III!!!
Yay! Now we can have every Star Wars game on the market trying to ape Call of Duty too! Fantastic!
(Half) Sarcasm aside, EA does own both Bioware and DICE, so maybe we could get another KOTOR from Bioware, or a Battlefront from DICE... Wishful thinking, I know.
KOTOR FPS incoming, with added dubstep...