EA Bags Multi-Year Star Wars License

Published on May 7th, 2013

New games to come from BioWare, DICE, Visceral and other EA studios.

File this news under ‘megaton’ folks; Electronic Arts has signed a multi-year licensing deal with Disney to develop and publish games based in the Star Wars universe.

Unfortunately no details were made regarding how much this deal cost EA, but it was confirmed that the license only extends to “core” game experiences, with mobile, social, tablet and online game categories not included in the agreement.

EA Bags Multi Year Star Wars License

Forget droids and Jar Jar, we want more original Star Wars content please EA.

“Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe,” said EA Labels head honcho, 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.”

“This agreement demonstrates our commitment to creating quality game experiences that drive the popularity of the Star Wars franchise for years to come,” said fellow bigwig 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 our fans around the world.”

When Disney closed Lucas Arts last month, it was believed the entertainment conglomerate was stepping away from games as a revenue mechanism, but this deal proves that isn’t the case.

Having BioWare, the makers of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and DICE, the studio behind Battlefield, working on new games in the Star Wars universe is something dreams are made of and we really hope this relationship proves fruitful for both EA and gamers alike.

If you’re listening DICE, we could really do with a new Battlefront – hint, hint…

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