EA has announced a new partnership with Disney, in an exclusive deal that will see the likes of BioWare, DICE, and Visceral Games creating new Star Wars titles for the next few years.
This agreement demonstrates our commitment to creating quality game experiences that drive the popularity of the Star Wars franchise for years to come,” said John Pleasants, Co-President of Disney Interactive. “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.”
According to a press release issued by EA, Disney will retain certain rights to develop new titles within the mobile, social, tablet and online game categories as EA seeks to develop and publish new Star Wars titles for a "core gaming audience, spanning all interactive platforms and the most popular game genres".
“Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe,” said EA Labels President Frank Gibeau. “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.”
We've been raving about the possibility of a DICE-fronted Battlefront-esque Star Wars title. And here's hoping that EA allow BioWare to actually craft something new too. *cough KOTOR 3 please *cough* It's not infeasible that Star Wars 1313 might see some semblance of a resurrection under Visceral too.
That said, we'd have much preferred Disney to have issued out the Star Wars licence on a case-by-case basis as, let's face it, a Bethesda-front, Boba-Fett-meets-Prey 2, bounty hutning space-opera mashup would have been super sweet.
Definitely let us know what you make of this one, and for the love of <insert deity/fictional alien overlord here> Disney/EA, let's have some freaking re-releases please!