EA new home for Star Wars games
Electronic Arts is the new publisher for Star Wars PC and console games. Although Disney will itself publish mobile, social, tablet and online games based on the franchise it acquired from George Lucas, all other titles will be developed and released by the gaming giant.
When it bought Lucasfilm and the Star Wars brand last year, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that Disney Interactive would "focus more on social and mobile than we are on console". The studio then closed LucasArts, leaving many of its ongoing projects in limbo.
There is no word on whether any or all of the games in development at the time of the Disney acquisition, including E3 2012 hit Star Wars 1313, will be adopted by EA, but the deal has been described as "multi-year" so will include a lot of future titles. The publisher already has some of its development studios in mind to realise the next wave of Star Wars games.
"Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe," said EA Labels President Frank Gibeau. "Three of our top studios will fulfil that dream, crafting epic adventures for Star Wars fans. DICE and Visceral will produce new games, joining the BioWare team which continues to develop for the Star Wars franchise. The new experiences we create may borrow from films, but the games will be entirely original with all-new stories and gameplay."