EA Will Keep Making More Star Wars Games With Lucasfilm
Bethesda, Ubisoft, and EA are now all working on new projects for Lucasfilm Games.
Lucasfilm Games is now in business with Bethesda for its new Indiana Jones game and Ubisoft for its own Star Wars project, but where does this leave EA, the publisher of Battlefront, Jedi: Fallen Order, and other Star Wars games? Lucasfilm Games boss Douglas Reilly said in an interview on the Star Wars website that Lucasfilm is staying in business with EA, and the publisher is working on "a number of projects" right now.
"We're really proud of the games we have created with EA," Reilly said. "We will continue working with them and our relationship has never been stronger. While we may not have a lot of details to share at the moment, we've got a number of projects underway with the talented teams at EA."
EA also shared a message on Twitter reaffirming the company's love of Star Wars and intention to continue making more games (and pointing out how cute BD-1 is). However, no specific plans are shared, nor is there any indication of whether future games will be of the console/PC or mobile variety.
✅ We love Star Wars.— Electronic Arts (@EA) January 13, 2021
✅ We look forward to continuing our partnership with Lucasfilm Games.
✅ We’re making more Star Wars games.
✅ BD-1 is still the cutest.
It's not hard to see why Disney wants to stay in business with EA--its Star Wars games make a lot of money.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order sold more than 10 million copies, while EA's Battlefront (2015) and Battlefront II (2017) combined to sell a whopping 33 million copies. That's just the beginning of how much money the games have made, as the Battlefront games feature microtransactions that have proven to be extremely lucrative, despite the controversy around loot boxes.
EA also runs the mobile game Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, which made more than $900 million by the end of 2019, a figure that has only grown higher since. Additionally, EA and BioWare continue to operate the MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic, which has generated $1 billion in revenue.
Outside of Bethesda, Ubisoft, and EA, Reilly told fans to expect additional announcements from Lucasfilm Games that you might not expect.
"This is really the culmination of years of preparing to come out and say, 'We're here, we've got a team of people, we're going to make a lot of great games, and here's some new things you weren't expecting from us to do that we're now starting to do,'" Reilly said. "And that's going to continue throughout the next year or so, where we're going to continue to announce projects that are more representative of the legacy of the old Lucasfilm Games that we're now trying to live up to."