EA Has the Star Wars Video Game Rights Now

By Luke Y. Thompson in Video Games
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 10:00 am

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Looks like Disney mostly wants to outsource this one:

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.

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"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."

There you have it - "entirely original." Sounds like no finishing up of existing projects, or even sequels to things like Battlefront.

Despite this, and given that the rights had to end up somewhere, are you happy that it's EA?

h/t FakeAssName


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