EA Is Set To make Star Wars Games for The Next Decade
At the UBS conference, Electronic Arts Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen revealed that Disney and EA have agreed to a deal to create Star Wars games for the next ten years. And EA has no plans to make ‘movie-tie in games’. Jorgensen said:
We’ve done movie games over the years and we wanted to make sure that we weren’t doing a movie game–a game based on the movie, the beauty of the Star Wars franchise is that it’s so broad and so deep, you don’t have to do a movie game–you can do a game that’s very focused on the world that’s been created around Star Wars.
We had a long relationship obviously with Lucas on the original Star Wars, and when Disney took over Lucas they really wanted to maintain a video game business around Star Wars.
They felt it was very valuable and a lot of people loved the games historically. And so they came to us because of our partnership, and they knew that we could help them develop really great games, and we struck what we believe is a fantastic deal which allows us to be able to build games in many different genres across multiple types of platforms over 10 years.
And it was also reveled was that both Visceral Game and BioWare will be working on Star Wars games. BioWare already has experience with Star Wars, working on the award-winning Knights of the Old Republic franchise. Meanwhile, Visceral Games of Dead Space fame will be taking a stab on the franchise for the first time. Both studios will be joining DICE who are currently working on a new Star Wars: Battlefront.