As you all probably remember, Disney closed the doors on LucasArts about a month ago. All pending titles were cancelled and fans of Star Wars video games were left hanging. Though I’m not sure whether it’s good or bad news, the baton has been passed on to Electronic Arts. It’s a familiar name. EA makes tons of successful games, and now they have the exclusive rights to Star Wars characters and storylines – for multiple years.
From the press release:
“This agreement demonstrates our commitment to creating quality game experiences that drive the popularity of the Star Wars franchise for years to come,” said 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.”
“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.”
Even if you hate EA with a passion, it’s definitely better than no Star Wars games getting made at all right?