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.

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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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