A month after closing LucasArts, Disney has signed a multi-year publishing deal with EA, through which the latter will create Star Wars games for the core gaming audience (read: console and PC).
EA will rope in the talents of in-house studios DICE (Battlefield), Bioware (Mass Effect), and Visceral Games (Dead Space) to create future Star Wars games.
Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe,” EA Labels president Frank Gibeau said.
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,” Gibeau added.
Gibeau was also quoted by Eurogamer as saying that future Star Wars games would be powered by DICE’s Frostbite 3 engine.
EA has developed Star Wars games in the past, the most recent being the Bioware MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic.
The deal between EA and Disney will extend purely to games for the core audience, with Disney to develop Star Wars games for mobile, social and online platforms.
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