With Disney’s closure of LucasArts, the company is moving quickly to license out one of its major cash cows from the acquisition – the Star Wars franchise. While many thought that Disney would be licensing the IP out to multiple developers, it appears that EA has been awarded exclusive rights to the franchise.
This basically means that no other developer can create a Star Wars game outside of EA. The deal which was signed this Thursday, allows EA to retain exclusivity over several years. EA revealed that the company wants to create Star War titles for the “core gaming audience,” which will span across all platforms.
According to CVG, EA Labels President, Frank Gibeau stated that “every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe.” He also revealed that several internal studios such as DICE and Visceral will be working on Star Wars projects.
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.
Prior to Disney shutting down LucasArts, the publisher cancelled the studio’s inflight projects: Star Wars 1313 and Star Wars: First Assault. Star Wars 1313 made a splash at last year’s E3 when an impressive trailer of the game was shown off.
While there is no mention of the fate of the game, Disney did seem open to the idea of another developer taking on the project.
The new Star Wars games that will be coming out of EA are said to be developed on DICE’s Frostbite engine. While the publisher isn’t ready to reveal the games yet, one can only hope for some sort of reveal at E3.