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.

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.

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1441 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!!!

Darth_Aloysius
Darth_Aloysius

Does being voted Worst Company in America TWICE not mean anything to these guys?

Darth_Aloysius
Darth_Aloysius

So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause.

hammoud
hammoud

haha, it's like they don't even know how fans will react

ffspyda
ffspyda

If EA consider making 1313, It shouldn't be considered a next gen game, Unless they can develop an engine that matches the likes of the UE 4- the one used in the original 1313 demo. we've seen the likes of Frostbite  in the battlefield 4 demo and cry engine 3's crysis. If they're still considering that to be "next gen"  then I am not impressed. Those are just highly optimized UE 3 graphic scales nothing that matches anything we've seen from the UE 4 Demos-1313,Elemental and Infiltrator.

quantumtheo
quantumtheo

Well, I won't be buying any new star wars games. EVER. EA is boycotted, no matter how much I want the game (rare as it is that I even WANT one of their pieces of tripe.) or how cheap it is. I won't install Origin, I won't give them another dime.


Sorry Star Wars (Disney)... but you just made a deal with the devil and I can't abide that. Oh wait... Disney is also pretty evil too, why am I surprised?

natt39
natt39

I sense a disturbance in the force... 

norolim
norolim

06 May 2013.  Remember that day. This is when the demise of the whole Star Wars franchise began.

brbotelho
brbotelho

EA on Star Wars Games ? Bad ideia ...

ewjiml
ewjiml

"Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe...."


And now they have to work for EA in order for that dream to come true.   Disney just ruined the franchise. 

adrain7
adrain7

No....................................................

AmericanDadd
AmericanDadd

negative comments. negative comments everywhere


blackothh
blackothh

well thats officially the end of star wars.

GrayF0X786
GrayF0X786

Battlefront 3 with Frostbite 3,

one can dream!

Jd1680a
Jd1680a

EA getting a licence deal isnt a surprise. They do have Bioware which made Knight of Old Republic. Natually it would go to them.

Frimmel
Frimmel

A Battlefield style Star Wars game certainly sounds appealing.

colorhorizon
colorhorizon

I know this has nothing to do with the news but ...


WHERE IS HALF LIFE EP 3???

RT-XD
RT-XD

We'll get a relatively good game. But it will cost £50. Then we'll have to pay an extra £50 for a premium edition so we download a couple of very short and overpriced DLCs. Oh EA, how we love you...

Cryptic_Shadow
Cryptic_Shadow

Let us first wait and see what they do before we judge how ruined this will probably end up being...

ZoTrAcK
ZoTrAcK

Everything has been said and done with star wars, just bury the damn thing already!

THE_DRUGGIE
THE_DRUGGIE

Hah, next thing you know, they're going to have Square-Enix make a pretty boy fantasy game of it.

BadMrSnake
BadMrSnake

Madden Star wars 14   ohhh yea!

Wladxq
Wladxq

wow! when i grow up i want to be a jedi! pew pew! jwam, jwam!