Disney Signs EA to Exclusive Star Wars Publishing Deal
Following their closure of the LucasArts publishing arm last month, it has been announced through a press release that Disney and EA have entered a multi-year agreement for EA “to develop and publish globally new games based on Star Wars characters and storylines.” The agreement calls for the development of “core” Star Wars titles by the storied publisher, while Disney will retain the rights to develop mobile and social games.
Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
“Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe,” said EA Labels President Frank Gibeau in the press release. “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.”
In a post on EA’s official blog, Gibeau also specified that these titles will be developed with DICE’s Frostbite 3 engine, “guaranteeing incredible graphic fidelity, environments and characters.”
“Our number one objective was to find a developer who could consistently deliver our fans great Star Wars games for years to come,” Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm said on the official Star Wars blog. “When we looked at the talent of the teams that EA was committing to our games and the quality of their vision for Star Wars, the choice was clear.”
Whether this means anything for any of the games cancelled when LucasArts was shuttered remains to be seen.