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The Walt Disney Company and EA Announce Multi-Year Star Wars Games Agreement

BURBANK & REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) and Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today announced a new multi-year exclusive licensing agreement to develop and publish globally new games based on Star Wars characters and storylines.

Under the agreement, EA will develop and publish new Star Wars titles for a core gaming audience, spanning all interactive platforms and the most popular game genres, while Disney will retain certain rights to develop new titles within the mobile, social, tablet and online game categories.

“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.”

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.



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I just hope some good games come out of this.
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Ugh.
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Be prepared to pay $1.99 if you want a purple lightsaber!
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Any word on 1313?
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No issues with that here, Bioware has the experience to make some decent Star Wars games.
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Any word on 1313?
Let's hope it's dead. It wasn't far enough along for some other team to just pick it up and complete it.
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Cool

I agree with fumanstan, Bioware has some pretty decent skills that mix well with Star Wars.
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I would love a proper KotoR 3.
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Let's hope it's dead. It wasn't far enough along for some other team to just pick it up and complete it.
Yeah. I loved the concept though. Maybe a new take on it? I'd like some side story games like it.
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Old 05-06-13, 03:35 PM
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So will these have the LucasArts logo on them, seeing as that studio has become little more than a holding company?
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Be prepared to pay $1.99 if you want a purple lightsaber!
Don't forget $10 to unlock a topless cantina! (But don't wait too long to redeem your code, or they might take that server offline)
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No issues with that here, Bioware has the experience to make some decent Star Wars games.
That's great for RPGs, but not so much for those of us hoping for a new Rogue Squadron or Tie Fighter. My favorite SW games have always been the ones that focused on flying the ships.

At this point, I'd be happy with a remastered set of the 3 RS games. I doubt they do any more. Any future games will probably be multiplayer battles in which flying is just a minor component of it and the singleplayer campaign is lacking - especially with EA running the show.
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I understand that EA is the evil empire (well maybe #2 behind Activision) but they have the manpower to make far better games than Lucasarts has been giving us as of late.

I'm cautiously optimistic.

I wonder where the LEGO Star Wars brand falls in all this.
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That's great for RPGs, but not so much for those of us hoping for a new Rogue Squadron or Tie Fighter. My favorite SW games have always been the ones that focused on flying the ships.

At this point, I'd be happy with a remastered set of the 3 RS games. I doubt they do any more. Any future games will probably be multiplayer battles in which flying is just a minor component of it and the singleplayer campaign is lacking - especially with EA running the show.
Yeah, but I doubt that was going to happen at other studios either. Flight combat games seem to be dead for the most part, at least as far as big budget popular title.

Aside from Bioware with RPG's, DICE would be able to take an action/shooter Star Wars game as well.
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Isn't EA bankrupt?
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That's great for RPGs, but not so much for those of us hoping for a new Rogue Squadron or Tie Fighter. My favorite SW games have always been the ones that focused on flying the ships.
Same! As fun as the RS games were, they were limited by the size of the maps, and necessary slow speed. Now, I'm assuming they could actually make a map large enough, and fast enough to at least get close to the films scale. This would be a blast to play imo.(even the prequel themed levels) Somebody eventually has to be able to make a game like that... esp w/ with the widescreen aspect ratio, 3D capabilities, etc. That's the SW game I want!
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Isn't EA bankrupt?
No. Creatively bankrupt maybe, but financially they're doing fine. You may be thinking of THQ, which went bankrupt recently.
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I wonder where the LEGO Star Wars brand falls in all this.
It looks like the publishing rights went to EA. They already added help pages for the games to their site.

https://help.ea.com/en/lego-star-war...-complete-saga
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This is not going to end well...
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No. Creatively bankrupt maybe, but financially they're doing fine. You may be thinking of THQ, which went bankrupt recently.
Not exactly financially fine. They just laid off like 10% of their employees.
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perfect.

Bioware: KOTOR 3
Dice: Battlefront 3
Visceral: 1313
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perfect.

Bioware: KOTOR 3
Dice: Battlefront 3
Visceral: 1313
Yup. I know it's easy to see EA and want to call them evil, but that's 3 fantastic studios they're putting on the property.
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I can already see Jar Jar Binks in Tiger Woods 15.
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Originally Posted by gerrythedon View Post
perfect.

Bioware: KOTOR 3
Dice: Battlefront 3
Visceral: 1313
I like it.
I like it.
I like it.
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