EA and The Walt Disney Company have announced a partnership with the Star Wars license going into the hands of the publisher.
The agreement is a multi-year one so EA will be making games for a long time, just like how they hold the FIFA license. The games will be for a core audience but Disney will retain rights to make games for the social audience which includes mobile, social, tablet and online game categories.
It has also been confirmed that the games will be running on the Frostbite 3 engine which was unveiled during the Battlefield 4 reveal. BioWare has already been making Star Wars games, most notably Stars Wars: The Old Republic MMO.
The games are said to be entirely original with new stories, and the engine is said to grant “incredible graphic fidelity, environments and characters.”
John Pleasants, Co-President of Disney Interactive, said: “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.”
“Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe,” EA Labels President Frank Gibeau, added.
“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.”
It’s not clear how much this deal cost the EA but we will keep you updated once we hear of it. The previous developer, Lucas Arts, was closed by Disney.