EA and Disney team up for Star Wars games

As part of multiyear exclusive arrangement, DICE and Visceral will work on new "core" Star Wars games.

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Electronic Arts and The Walt Disney company today announced a new multiyear exclusive agreement to develop and publish new games based on Star Wars characters and stories.

As part of the agreement, EA will create new Star Wars titles for a "core gaming audience." These games will span "all interactive platforms" and "the most popular game genres." Disney, meanwhile, will retain rights to create new Star Wars games for mobile, social, tablet, and online markets.

"Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe," EA Labels president Frank Gibeau said in a statement. "Three of our top studios will fulfill that dream, crafting epic adventures for Star Wars fans."

Battlefield studio DICE and Dead Space outfit Visceral Games are currently making new Star Wars games, joining BioWare, which will continue to support Star Wars: The Old Republic. The new games from DICE and Visceral will run on the Frostbite 3 engine.

"The new experiences we create may borrow from films, but the games will be entirely original with all new stories and gameplay," Gibeau said.

Financial terms of the EA-Disney deal were not disclosed. EA will report earnings tomorrow after market close, where more information about the deal is expected to be divulged.

The fates of Star Wars: 1313 and Star Wars: First Assault remain unclear.

Disney purchased the Star Wars brand last October for $4.05 billion.

Discussion

1442 comments
Brando008
Brando008

Oh how I wish for a KOTOR HD/remaster version for ps4

SeannTHEsheep
SeannTHEsheep

disregarding EA at present let us remember disney is launching disney infinity in a month which could end up having a marvel or star wars expansion.  put your star wars figure or marvel figure of choice onto portal and play as them in your game.  big big $$$$$$$ to made

TORCEDOR
TORCEDOR

I want the forse unleashed to be made in to a movie....now!! or atleast see darth vader dominate during the 20 missing years between ep 3 and ep 4

Sandro7
Sandro7

Star wars joined to dark side(again). Revenge of EA era has begun. It doesnt matter what EA owned studio makes them, those games will be full of EA darkness, some wich cant be avoided, especially if those are multiplayer games.

KRHamilton
KRHamilton

No more lame Star Wars games please, not EA, Disney, Disney, wake up, wake up.  George Lucas, why did you have to sell?  This must be a nightmare; let me pinch myself. OUCH! AH! THIS IS REAL NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! lol 

I laugh because this is so very sad.  What do big entertainment companies (Disney) do when they see a sinking ship (EA)?  They hop aboard.  Genius at its best.

X-RS
X-RS

IS anone really surprised with Biowares Old Republic?

Ive assumed this ever since 1313 went silent lol

QuantumOne
QuantumOne

Looks like we'll never see a Star Wars: Tie-Fighter remake. Or even a mediocre Star Wars game at least. Worst gaming news in a long time.  : (

Evil_Rage
Evil_Rage

As much as I dislike EA for their online DRM, microtransactions, and all the rest of the terrible decisions they make, which has greatly affected their reputation in the gaming community, this could be a good thing, but as far as Disney goes, I lost respect for them a long time ago.

What I mean by good thing is, This could mean a Star Wars action rpg (fully voiced main character, lots of npc dialogue and interaction, dark/light side choices and endings, lightsaber duels, limited customizable main character, think Geralt from Witcher series) all powered by the Frostbite engine. That would actually be a good thing, although I cringe at the thought of microtransactions and online drm garbage in a single player action rpg. The next Mass Effect game and Dragon Age 3 are going to be using Frostbite so I wonder why they wouldn't allow DICE to make the game I described, it would be refreshing to see something like that from DICE. Wouldn't it?

Courtawulf
Courtawulf

A couple of years ago this could have been an onion article "Disney takes over starwars, fires lucas arts, replaces them with EA, entire world plunges into chaos". It really is like the worst case scenario. 

badman11226
badman11226

These comments need to be on feedbackula im just dying with laughter over here.   2 of the worst company on the planet teaming up.  The way Disney and EA do business is making satan saying "Man and I thought I was EVIL"

bluespire1
bluespire1

I think I'll miss lucas arts....

Shango4
Shango4

EA will not make your dreams come true, give up hope for 1313,KOTOR, or Battlefront 3,it is not going to happen. EA was voted worst company in america 2x for a reason,EA has made it clear that they will make microtransaction available in all of their games,EA 's plan for the future is making games for ios and f2p..what we all saw happen with simcity will happen with all future star war games, always online DRM with crap load of DLC.

Stebsis
Stebsis

Do you guys remember when Star Wars games used to be good, great and even some of the best games ever made like KotOR? And LucasArts made the most memorable adventure games ever? Well, it was a good run, all good things come at an end at some point. EA is not nearly at their best anymore, like back in the day they also released some of the best games ever, you know when gaming was still about experimenting and thinking up fresh new ideas and making games take big steps in terms of storytellin, gameplay mechanics etc. Sure, EA has published some great ones like Dead Space, but how quickly did those series derail from their fresh new ideas and/or just stuck doing basically the same thing

1234ritchie
1234ritchie

Regardless of tastes, it is hard to diagree that there was a time that Dead Space (1 & 2) provided a fantastic scifi experience. Imagine Visceral doing a Star Wars game, or took over the 1313 project. Bioware, too. KoTOR 3 would be incredible. So long as EA took a step back and keep their bullshit away from the development table we could see some amazing games.

Battlefront on Frostbite? Yes please. Lets face it, even at their worst at least nothing can be as bad as Kinect Star Wars. Well hopefully.....

cjtopspin
cjtopspin

"I used to bullseye womprats with my T-16 back home and they are no bigger than two meters.  Oh, and fuck EA." - Luke Skywalker, Star Wars (1977)

Taegre
Taegre

"Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe," EA Labels president Frank Gibeau said in a statement. "But **** those guys!"

jyml8582
jyml8582

EA: "muuWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHohohohohohoho!"

stev69
stev69

Well at least I know I don't need to bother buying any more starwars games then.

tim1935
tim1935

Why would they pick a publisher voted worst company of the year two years running?!?  Baffling.

grnsuperman4
grnsuperman4

This PISSES me off to no end. Everyone do yourself a favor. Wait until the Game of the Year Edition is out for any EA Star Wars game. Don't take it up the rear with all the DLC, microtransactions, online pass, and map packs. Remember the days when you bought a game for $60 and you got the whole game?

Shango4
Shango4

You have got be a real dipshit idiot buy their games unless your a EA fan.

Ramus73
Ramus73

Oh dear. Does the management in these big companies live on another planet. EA and Disney to make Star Wars game......... I predict a cheap and nasty movie cash-in to come.

SubHumanTorch
SubHumanTorch

EA publish Bioware games, Bioware made KOTOR. It all depends on the studio's they let use the license.

MrNWatson
MrNWatson

I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry.

kungfuj0
kungfuj0

The ONLY thing that I want to hear out of ANY of this is KOTOR 3.

If I can't or don't hear that, then everything else can pretty much just GO TO HELL!!!

RogueJedi86
RogueJedi86

Remember Mirror's Edge? Made by DICE, published by EA. Also experimental as hell and had only a single DLC and was a recent cult classic. That game grants EA an infinite pass for me.

dogbert784
dogbert784

@Shango4 I also have zero expectations for them. Also, I fully expect a Kinect Star Wars game on Xbox One as well, "to give fans a new experience" if I can use some marketing speak.

ovp87
ovp87

@Stebsis really, for every good\decent star wars game you can name, i can name 3 crappy ones...

Kryptonbornson
Kryptonbornson

@Stebsis I don't understand why people complain about games changing and then complain about them staying the same. It's confusing.

AdjacentLives
AdjacentLives

@1234ritchie Exactly my line of thinking, people are too focused on EA's DRM mishaps and greediness, at least they can produce an AAA title unlike the Lucas Arts of late.

voljin1987
voljin1987

@jyml8582 EA in Palpatine's voice. "Once again, the Sith shall take their rightful place as rulers as the Galaxy"

RogueJedi86
RogueJedi86

Played TOR? Read the Revan novel? Revan novel+TOR's Jedi Knight story IS KotOR3. Star Wars is an expanded universe where all things are canon and connected to each other. You can't just have games override other games. What happened in the Revan novel happened, and if you want a KotOR3 you'd have to have it fit within the framework of that novel and TOR's story.

If you're okay with Revan+TOR being overridden, then you'd have to be okay with other Star Wars works overriding KotOR too, just for consistency.

I'm a big Star Wars fan, all parts of Star Wars are "real" for me, even the parts I don't love. If I can handle the Jedi Prince books, with their 3-eyed son of Palpatine and Grand Moff Hissa's plot to kill the Whaladons, I can handle anything.

grnsuperman4
grnsuperman4

@kungfuj0 Yes, but this time around we will have the EA model added to it. The story won't be fully realized unless you buy 8 DLC. The best light sabers and gear will be micro transactions. There will be a multiplayer so EA can sell online passes to used game buyers and map packs. F%$K EA.

Stebsis
Stebsis

@ovp87 @Stebsis I don't see how that changes the fact that there've been great SW games. They've still been great games even though there are bunch of crappy ones.

Kryptonbornson
Kryptonbornson

@NinjaCoopa Bioware has went on record to say EA didn't make them do anything. They were given more money basically to do things they couldn't before.

grnsuperman4
grnsuperman4

@NinjaCoopa @SubHumanTorch Yes, Bioware has been making a slow progression down the toilet since EA bought them. I used to pre-order and buy anything with the Bioware name on it. Now Bioware is in the wait until the Game of The Year Edition category.

tim1935
tim1935

@CaptainBerserk @kungfuj0 Only as long as the KOTOR3 dev team is giving the time and freedom to actually complete the game.  KOTOR2 was such a pisser of an ending.

AdjacentLives
AdjacentLives

@Stebsis @ovp87 Because they outnumbered the good games 3:1, were all made by LA and released in the last 5 years ?  At least now we're guaranteed some AAA generic shooter when before it was some platformer with a metacritic of 60% or less.

Kryptonbornson
Kryptonbornson

@grnsuperman4 Depends on what the DLC is. I personally prefer expansions to a game I already love than bite sized DLC.

Kryptonbornson
Kryptonbornson

@grnsuperman4 Dragon Age felt recycled to me. There were parts I liked, but it felt too much like other Bioware games. I kept making comparisons to Mass Effect and Knights of the Old Republic. Dragon Age 2's combat felt better than the first, but I just got too far in the first game and lost interest to jump into the second one.

Kryptonbornson
Kryptonbornson

@Ibeik Human nature is like that. If you're given a bigger budget and a chance to make more money, why would you still make something that looks like an indie game? Why do you think movie sequels always try to top the last one when the first made alot of money? When do sequels ever try to do the same thing unless it's straight to DVD?

grnsuperman4
grnsuperman4

@Ibeik @Kryptonbornson @NinjaCoopa So after Dragon Age 2 and Mass Effect 3 I will no longer pre-order a Bioware game again. The Old Republic just chipped away any remaining confidence I had.  I will wait until the DLC is all on a Game of the Year type edition. If the reviews and my friends say the game is as bad as DA:2 I wont buy it at all.

grnsuperman4
grnsuperman4

@Ibeik @Kryptonbornson @NinjaCoopa Dragon Age Origins and Awakening: Very good games I really enjoyed. The combat system was enjoyable. The story was enjoyable. The world they created was interesting. The characters were interesting and unique. The character development was a strong point. The recycled maps with new quests DLC was a joke. Awakening was good because it was new. Dragon Age 2: Combat changed to a hack and slash. I got bored halfway through the second time I was doing quests in the same area. The characters and character development where so so. The game felt like a short game that then had hours and hours of recycled map DLC. Like they figured it was ok to use recycled maps in DLC on the first game so lets just make a few areas and just recycle them for the second game. I played DA:O four times. My wife played it twice. I forced myself to finish DA:2. My wife wouldn't touch it.

Kryptonbornson
Kryptonbornson

@grnsuperman4 I loved Mass Effect until the ending and how they dissed fans by extending a terrible ending. I had played ME 2 3 times and ME 1 twice. I even played ME 3 twice because I wasn't sure if that crap ending was the real one. I thought my choices could change it somehow. That wasn't EA's choice, that was Bioware's to act like their customers/fans were whiny and entitled.

grnsuperman4
grnsuperman4

@SubHumanTorch @grnsuperman4 @NinjaCoopa The Mass Effect Trilogy are my all time favorite games, as a whole. I can't say anything bad about ME1 or ME2. The choices and build up was phenomenal. Character development was amazing. I spent hours "talking" to game characters. ME3 continued to build upon the momentum. My wife and I were very excited to see how all our choices would effect the end. Red and die, Blue and die, or Green and die. All your alien friends and all the fleets are now stranded in our Solar System because the Mass Relays are destroyed. Some species can't eat anything on earth and would starve to death. Every person we sent to the Crucible and Citadel are dead when they both exploded. So most of the characters we came to know and love are dead or royally screwed and our main character is dead. Great choices. They released a updated ending after the MASSIVE negative feedback. The update was so so. Just a band aid.

SubHumanTorch
SubHumanTorch

@grnsuperman4 @NinjaCoopa @SubHumanTorch People constantly keep going on about how Bioware is now crap when they haven't really made a bad game yet. Sure the old republic is pretty mediocre but that was their first attempt at an mmo, DA 2 was a bit of a disappointment but still well above being called terrible and as for the Mass effect 3 I love that game especially when played with the other 2, the whole game is an ending and your choices do make a difference to how quite a few scenarios play out. All I ever see is people making flippant remarks about how the company is now crap when the worst they've actually done is a mediocre MMO a genre they aren't particularly known for.  If people don't like bioware games that's fine but can they please start explaining them selves because otherwise it justs sounds like hipster fucks going against something for the simple reason that they're games became popular and its cool to hate anything popular.