EA secure rights to Star Wars games

Posted on 6th May 2013 - 9:21pm by A

EA secures rights to Star Wars games

 

EA has secured the exclusive rights to create and publish big-budget games based on the Star Wars universe. The multi-year deal agreed between LucasFilm parent company, Disney and EA will see EA owned developers Visceral and DICE produce core titles that feature Star Wars characters and storylines, whilst Disney will hold on to the rights to make casual games for the mobile phone and social market.EA Labels President Frank Gibeau said:

“Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe. 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 blog post Gibeau said “While we don’t have any details to share today on specific titles, our development teams are already brimming with design ideas.” A look at the EA developers’ previous work gives some clues as to the types of games they might produce. EA developer Bioware make the Star Wars: The Old Republic MMORPG and were critically applauded for the Knights of the Old Republic RPG that was released on the original Xbox and sci-fi action RPG Mass Effect. EA developer DICE make the FPS Battlefield games that are regarded as worthy contenders to the Call of Duty franchise. Whilst Visceral make third-person survival horror games.

The EA studios that develop the Star Wars games will all use the next-generation Frostbite 3 game development engine.

Source: EA press release
Source: EA the Beat
Image Source: Kotaku

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