EA and Disney Ink Star Wars Game Deal

May 7, 2013 -

Electronic Arts announced that it has secured a multi-year, multi-title licensing agreement with Disney to create multiple Star Wars games. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, nor were any of the games that EA plans on making. The announcement was made by President of EA Labels Frank Gibeau on EA's official blog.

"While we don’t have any details to share today on specific titles, our development teams are already brimming with design ideas. The EA Studios that will develop these games are some of the most innovative and popular creative teams in the world, and include DICE and Visceral, in addition to the BioWare team, which is already developing for the Star Wars franchise," said Gibeau. "These imaginative teams will make games that may borrow from films, but the games will be entirely original with all new stories. Powering it all will be the Frostbite 3 development engine – guaranteeing incredible graphic fidelity, environments and characters."

You can read the full statement here. Basically Disney killed LucasArts to turn over the Star Wars franchise to EA - all in the name of cutting costs...

 


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Re: EA and Disney Ink Star Wars Game Deal

Well, at least there's plenty of Dark Side jokes to be had with this deal.

Re: EA and Disney Ink Star Wars Game Deal

This is how EA remains profitable despite their disregard for product quality or customer service; they secure IP monopolies.

So no new Star Wars games for me. I refuse to install Origin on my computer.

 

Re: EA and Disney Ink Star Wars Game Deal

Same for me. I might get them on consoles second hand, least then EA doesn't get any money. OF course no DLC.

Re: EA and Disney Ink Star Wars Game Deal

I guess we can expect a new Star wars game ,what ,every two months now?

 

Seriously Disney, with the Lusafilms deal you HAD a good game development studio RIGHT there, in your employ, and you chose to close it, meaning you spent more money to sign on a studio no one likes.

Re: EA and Disney Ink Star Wars Game Deal

"meaning you spent more money to sign on a studio no one likes."

No they didn't. They made money in that deal. It would have cost Disney money to have an in-house developer make the games. With EA making the games, EA takes on all the risk that the games flop and Disney rakes in licensing and royalty fees. All free from risk.

Granted, they could have picked anyone for that. However, it was most likely EA waving the largest stack of cash.

Re: EA and Disney Ink Star Wars Game Deal

You also have to consider how little Lucasarts actually made themselves. If you look through their game history, nearly everything they've made since the early 00's has been licensed out to another company. The last game to be developed entirely in-house was Star Wars: Obi Wan on the original Xbox.

There were two games started (only one finished) at their Singapore branch, but that studio was closed several years ago and its second game and a sequel were licensed out to other developers.

 

They're already more of a license broker than a developer, which is a function that was already redundant within Lucasfilm, let alone how many times it's duplicated within Disney. There's really no indication that they had a good game studio - their last in-house product was awful and a decade ago.

Re: EA and Disney Ink Star Wars Game Deal

Great. Awesome. Such a good thing for the industry. We need an even bigger gorilla. 

 
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