EA Acquires Exclusive Rights to Star Wars Games


When Disney closed LucasArts earlier this year, many wondered what would happen to the Star Wars franchise in the video game world. Well today we learned that Disney has agreed to give EA the exclusive rights to make Star Wars video games. No details were given on how much this exclusive licensing agreement cost EA, but with it being Star Wars it was probably a lot.

EA will now have the rights to make Star Wars games for the “core” gaming market on all platforms. Disney however will retain rights to develop games for mobile, social, and online platforms.

Frank Gibeau, EA Label President, made the following statement:

“While we don’t have any details to share today on specific titles, our development teams are already brimming with design ideas.  The EA Studios that will develop these games are some of the most innovative and popular creative teams in the world, and include DICE and Visceral, in addition to the BioWare team, which is already developing for the Star Wars franchise.  These imaginative teams will make games that may borrow from films, but the games will be entirely original with all new stories.  Powering it all will be the Frostbite 3 development engine – guaranteeing incredible graphic fidelity, environments and characters.”

Source: EA Blog and Press Release

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Written by Michael Cwick

Michael Cwick

Just a nerd from the Windy City. I’m actually really bad at describing myself because I get all self-critical and self-conscious. Follow me on Twitter, @The1stMJC, to see my borderline insane rants on tv shows and other non important subjects. If I’m not tweeting I’m probably just watching Buffy or Firefly for the millionth time.

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