EA announced today that it’s struck a deal with Disney to make and publish Star Wars games. The companies have established “a new multi-year exclusive licensing agreement to develop and publish globally new games based on Star Wars characters and storylines.”
According to the press release, EA:
Will develop and publish new Star Wars titles for a core gaming audience, spanning all interactive platforms and the most popular game genres, while Disney will retain certain rights to develop new titles within the mobile, social, tablet and online game categories.
According to EA Labels president Frank Gibeau, three studios are already working on Star Wars games: Battlefield developer DICE, Dead Space developer Visceral and Mass Effect developer BioWare.
Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe. Three of our top studios will fulfill 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.
The games will be powered by “the Frostbite 3 development engine – guaranteeing incredible graphic fidelity, environments and characters,” Gibeau said in a separate blog on EA’s official site.
Disney co-president John Pleasants chimed in:
This agreement demonstrates our commitment to creating quality game experiences that drive the popularity of the Star Wars franchise for years to come. Collaborating with one of the world’s premier game developers will allow us to bring an amazing portfolio of new Star Wars titles to our fans around the world.
The financial terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.