EA not looking to make Star Wars movie tie-ins

Deal with EA and Disney to last a decade, EA confirms.

The deal between EA and Disney to make Star Wars games will last a decade, EA has revealed, adding that the publisher has no plans to make tie-in games to accompany the theatrical release of Star Wars: Episode VII in 2015.

"We've done movie games over the years and we wanted to make sure that we weren't doing a movie game--a game based on the movie," said EA chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen last night at a UBS conference.

"The beauty of the Star Wars franchise is that it's so broad and so deep, you don't have to do a movie game--you can do a game that's very focused on the world that's been created around Star Wars."

Star Wars: Battlefront, the reboot of the dormant FPS series being handled by DICE, is the only announced title as part of EA's new relationship, although Visceral Games and BioWare will also make new Star Wars games.

"We had a long relationship obviously with Lucas on the original Star Wars, and when Disney took over Lucas they really wanted to maintain a video game business around Star Wars."

"They felt it was very valuable and a lot of people loved the games historically. And so they came to us because of our partnership, and they knew that we could help them develop really great games, and we struck what we believe is a fantastic deal which allows us to be able to build games in many different genres across multiple types of platforms over 10 years."

Jorgensen said it would try to align its Star Wars titles around movie releases, but not necessarily with the movies themselves. "We'll try to align those with the marketing power Disney has so it will get aligned with timings around the movies, but it won't necessarily be aligned with the [2015] movie," said Jorgensen.

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Nightelf123
Nightelf123

I hope EA don't make any sequels for the force unleashed.there are much better franchises in star wars games.

renerak
renerak

A sensible decision finally. Hopefully a single player game.

R083R70
R083R70

KOTOR III (singleplayer) please.

NTM23
NTM23

Fine by me. I'm not a huge Battlefront type of person, but I love a lot of the Star Wars games (especially Rogue Squadron II and Republic Commando). I really wished they'd bring 1313 back, because that was looking great.

Lhomity
Lhomity

That's cool. Whatevs.

Oddly enough, EA's movie tie-ins have historically been 'okay'. The Two Towers and Return of the King come to mind. Hack and slash, sure, but pretty respectable LOTR tie-ins that were fun to play. Then there was Batman Begins, Harry Potter, etc. Pretty decent for tie-ins. Not the pinnacle of gaming, but decent.

Looking further back, they published some decent James Bond titles too. The World is Not Enough was pretty solid on PS1.

All of the worst movie tie-ins I can think of have come from LJN. Second to them would be Activision. Third spot to THQ.

Toadamus
Toadamus

this game has a lot of potential hope ea doesn't destroy it

cirugo
cirugo

Good because I'm not looking to buy (or in EA's case rent the privilege of logging in to a server to play) any.

Riddick123
Riddick123

All I know is the still shot of the Hutt in the video above looks like it has a serious case of food poisoning....that poor toilet and slave girl.

tgwenz
tgwenz

Always Jorgensen..."yes get the DICE guy coz everybody loves DICE".

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

Oh yeah, I totally believe there will be no tie-in game whatsoever from EA /sarcasm

KeenoControl
KeenoControl

Here's what should happen:

Star Wars: Battlefront by DICE, Visceral Games helping the remaining LucasArts devs finish Star Wars 1313, and BioWare making Star Wars KOTOR III

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

well, disney will find someone else to produce the crap

Techtroll
Techtroll

Hopefully is doesn't turn out like bf4 did

RC-Sev
RC-Sev

I really wanted a shooter based on Cinderella.... What a waste.

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

Who cares? The last good movies for me are from Arnold Swarzanneger, best actor ever, not like these boring movies today of Christopher Nolan.

gunsofdeschain
gunsofdeschain

"We had a long relationship obviously with Lucas on the original Star Wars, and when Disney took over Lucas they really wanted to maintain a video game business around Star Wars."

Sure, thats why they fucked 1313. Mind boggling shit. It's almost like EA and Disney are competing for who can spout the most nonsense. 

Fursnake
Fursnake

We'll see if they actually stick to this or not by the time the next Star Wars movie comes out.

Garm31
Garm31

Don't get you hopes up folks. Remember it's EA we are taking about here.

ERRMAHGERD
ERRMAHGERD

Oh look, EA is making good decisions. 

berserker66666
berserker66666

EA and Disney to last a decade? I sense a great disturbance in the force.....

wookiegr
wookiegr

"they really wanted to maintain a video game business around Star Wars" by cancelling 1313...

arqe
arqe

@NTM23 Funny thing "1313" was the ONLY next-gen looking game so far.

arqe
arqe

@cirugo so you dont play games on PC or play any game that asks cd-key ?

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

@DarkSaber2k there will be, but it'll just be a low-budget iOS/Android game developed by Gameloft, no EA involvement

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

@Grenadeh Mark it on your calendar; 'The day EA said "NO SW TIE INS", shocking the gaming world'.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@KeenoControl I still maintain visceral should make a game based on the book Death Troopers. It fits their expertise - gory, visceral games - and it's a Star Wars book. EU or not.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@gunsofdeschain Yea that's why they axed Lucas Arts, one of the best developers in the history of gaming - both for their star wars games and not, like Monkey Island. Because they wanted to maintain a video game business around Star Wars. Fuck off Disney.

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

@gunsofdeschain I'm still hoping that 1313 is being made in secret... probably by Visceral.

Also still hoping that Valve is working on Half-Life 3.

Sevenstorms
Sevenstorms

They NEVER said they cancelled Star Wars 1313 !!!!!

Riddick123
Riddick123

@RedWave247 @Diegoctba He does have a point though.  Arnold is a great actor and should have won at least 2 Oscars in the '80s and '90s

hadlee73
hadlee73

@Grenadeh @Riddick123 Us older guys used to quote, "Here's looking at you kid!" or "Frankly I don't give a damn!" Thanks to Arnie we now say the Choppa quote, lol

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Riddick123 @Grenadeh I have. I am a big arnold fan - for serious and for utterly immortal humor. Austrian Death Machine also.

Riddick123
Riddick123

@Grenadeh  I assume you have seen the handshake that rocked the world that Arnold gave to Carl Weathers?

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

@Spartan_418 @JLCrogue @gunsofdeschain Oh god don;t tell me they are actually his BS mary-sue fanfic escape from the Sarlacc canon......