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EA Will Make All Your Star Wars Games Now

The publisher has struck a deal with Disney to grant them the exclusive license for the franchise.

Something tells me that, for a lot of you, EA was not the publisher you were looking for.

Ever since Disney shuttered former all-things-Star Wars publisher LucasArts in the wake of its purchase of Lucasfilm, we have been left wondering who would be tasked with resuming production on the world's supply of Star Wars video games. Now we know the answer.

EA has stepped up and Jedi mind-tricked Disney (or, more likely, paid handsomely) for the exclusive license for all Star Wars games in the "core games" category. This means Disney will still have the license to produce its own games in the mobile, tablet, and online gaming categories. However, if you want to make a major console, handheld, or PC game with the words "Star" and "Wars" in the title, you'd best be working for an EA studio.

It would extra help if you worked for DICE, Visceral Games, or BioWare, as EA's announcement of the deal specifically cites these studios as the ones tasked with bringing more Star Wars video games into the world. BioWare, of course, already has experience working with the Star Wars brand, producing the original Knights of the Old Republic RPG games (though only developing the first one internally), as well as the Old Republic MMO, which is perhaps most notable for costing EA an exceptional amount of money. On a possibly related note, financial terms for this deal were not disclosed.

"Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe,” said EA Labels President Frank Gibeau. "Now, we own the exclusive rights to those dreams," he did not add, but I imagine he thought to himself at least once.

We'll bring you more on this deal as it becomes available.

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262 Comments
Posted by Godlyawesomeguy

Dead Space......but with a Star Wars theme. Think about it.

Edited by HarlequinRiot

I really don't understand why people are so upset about it this, what was the last amazing star wars game? KoToR, which is easily 10 years old at this point. I personally liked Force unleashed 1, but that's easily 5 years ago. It's not like licensing games out to different companies was yielding great results every time, for every star wars lego you had 2-3 Kinect Star Wars. Someone was going to snatch this up and they had to be big, so that's who? EA, Activision, Ubisoft? There's not a lot of other companies with the money to support this franchise. So I'll chalk the reactions I'm seeing under generic internet rage.

Yeah I don't get it either. Of the realistic possibilities, EA is the one who has the studios (between Visceral, DICE and Bioware) that seem like they could best realize the different types of Star Wars games most people would want.

Posted by Dylabaloo

Good news, I thought we were gonna only get smartphone Star Wars games and who knows maybe 1313 will get picked up.

Edited by 12_Oz_Mouse

Huh... odd timing somewhat considering I just bought a bunch of Star Wars games during that May the 4th sale on steam. I guess if they make some new Star Wars games that I would actually want then I would have to buy them through Origin. Lazy I know, but its becoming difficult keeping these games together between floppys, cd-roms, and multiple drm platforms. I just wish some of this stuff could be a bit more centralized. #FirstWorldProblems

Posted by reflekshun

1313?

Posted by AndrewDeLong
Edited by 014

Whether this comment is in or out of context, I just hope they keep SWTOR going. That game is incredible, and I haven't paid anything for it yet. I am going to dish out money soon for perks, and it won't be reluctantly. I want to give them my money for SWTOR.

Edited by Nymphonomicon

Exclusive licenses and yearly releases. Business as usual with the EA Empire.
dum-dum-dum dum-da-dum dum-da-dum

Posted by sephirm87

@djou said:

Mass Effect and SWKOTR cross over game from Bioware!

don't forget Thanos.

Posted by Darlan

Here's hoping KOTOR III is possible after TOR didn't do so well...hopeful cooler heads will prevail and they'll look at KOTOR I and the similar Mass Effect games for sales projections instead.

Posted by tonyp2121

They can't make games much worse than SWTFU so sure I'm up for it.

Edited by FunkasaurasRex

@turambar said:

"Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe,” said EA Labels President Frank Gibeau. "Now, we own the exclusive rights to those dreams,"

That line just reads so fucking scummy.

Holy shit. Is EA literally just run by demon corporate bureaucrats now?

Posted by TadThuggish

Now Star Wars can live among such great, uncorrupted franchises as Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Dead Space, and Battlefield.

Posted by Cowman

I've got a bad feeling about this...

It could be worse.

Posted by Patman99

@cowman said:

@weskerresi001 said:

I've got a bad feeling about this...

It could be worse.

It could be a trap.

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Edited by Blu3V3nom07

I just thought: I'ma laugh so hard when we find out that the Mass Effect team is making Star Wars: Episode VII (The Videogame) :))

Edited by FormulaDeuce

That's right kids! If you've ever dreamed of making a Star Wars game, EA owns those dreams now!

Posted by Brandino

New Star Mars MMO in the vein of Mass Effect? Count me fucking in if they do that. People can cry about EA all they want but i enjoyed BF3, ME2 and 3 as well as many other EA published titles.

Edited by Turambar

@turambar said:

"Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe,” said EA Labels President Frank Gibeau. "Now, we own the exclusive rights to those dreams,"

That line just reads so fucking scummy.

Holy shit. Is EA literally just run by demon corporate bureaucrats now?

No, reading comprehension fail on my part. Alex added the second part.

Edited by Efesell

I like Old Republic, and they're in the process of getting that game on track now so If they provide decent support for that for at time yet then I'm set.

Otherwise I would love to see Bioware take another shot at Star Wars.

Edited by Gnokey

@crow13 said:

I'm still a little loss on all the EA hate. Without raging could someone explain to me why this is that terrible?

We already have an example of what EA puts out with exclusive licences. They've had the roster rights with the NFL and NCAA for years now and offer yearly releases with enough improvements to barely qualify as being more than roster updates. EA's Madden and NCAA Football releases don't hold a candle to EA's OTHER SPORTS RELEASES like Hockey and Footsoccerball in terms of yearly improvements.

If DICE had to compete with Infinity Ward or Treyarch or even Valve in making a Star Wars shooter, you'd figure they'd get enough funding and time to make a good product. Now they don't have to compete and it isn't hard to imagine a plethora of mediocre Star Wars cash-grabs coming.

Posted by Seedofpower

This isn't as bad as it sounds. I did a bunch of research on this, and

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Comment Gold. Nicely done.

Posted by Gantrathor

I'm cautiously optimistic about this. The last Star Wars game to come out that I thought was any good was The Old Republic, so it's not like Star Wars games can get any worse. And the thought of Dice making Battlefront 3, or Visceral making a bounty hunter action game, well, it's all very interesting to think about. Not saying it will happen, but it could. Here's hoping something cool will come out of this.

Posted by Korwin

So DICE eh? Guess that means there will be a new Battlefront game at some point.

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Edited by mjlaw13

The few ways I can immediately come up with that make this maybe okay:

- DICE does something with Republic Commando for next-gen. That game had one of the best default pistols I can remember playing in an FPS from that era.

- New Battlefront would be nice.

- New, proper KOTOR would be neat, too - hoping that the Mass Effect story DLC nonsense and the microtransaction idiocy is kept to the lowest level permissible for EA.

- They get 1313 out the door. I want to see what that was going to look like.

- New Tie Fighter with Oculus Rift support in the cockpit.

Glad to know someone will make "core games" for Star Wars. Good luck - you're gonna need it.

Edited by myketuna

I'm gonna be optimistic.

  • New podracer game from Criterion.
  • New Battlefront game by DICE.
  • Star Wars 1313 continues development.

Let's do this.

Edited by Breadfan

Guess I'm in the minority that thinks this is pretty awesome news.

Posted by rye256

This isn't as bad as it sounds. I did a bunch of research on this, and

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hah

Posted by radioactivez0r

I dunno, kind of intrigued at what DICE or Visceral could do with their creativity.

Edited by Gladiator_Games

B..battlefront 3?

Edited by dOm_CaTz
@rebgav said:

@dom_catz said:

so battlefront 3 from dice, a new kotor(thats not an mmo) from bioware, a horror game set in the star wars universe from visceral, and a racing game from criterion now confirmed.

And Sims 4: The Simpire Strikes Back expansion.

Merc's 1313.

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Posted by BaneFireLord

@benpicko said:

And then Battlefront became a yearly release

I'd prefer that to never seeing another one. We'd at least get one or two good ones before they go stale.

Edited by prestonhedges

Ever since Disney shuttered former all-things-Star Wars publisherLucasArts in the wake of its purchase of Lucasfilm,

Oh my god. This is quite possibly the worst sentence I've ever read. And this is only a third of it.

Edited by Rebel_Scum

@crow13 said:

I'm still a little loss on all the EA hate.

Likewise, they've made/published some of the best games I've ever played over the last 30 years. Sure there's been bad decisions (by the majority vote) but how often does anyone get everything right. That would mean an imbalance in the force.

I look forward to see what they'll achieve. A pessimistic outlook to this news is really unfair and without merit.

Posted by fox01313

Might be some good Star Wars games from this hoping that Disney doesn't repeat what was done in the past when there were tons of Star Wars games coming out each month & hardly any were fun.

Posted by TechDemoTREX

Name a big publisher that nerdragers don't hate. I am totally OK with this news. Also, they should make a new Battlefront, people would buy it.

And 1313 in its current form is heading for the can about as fast as possible. Last I looked EA don't work in UE.

Edited by whylessness

why

Posted by Roger778

@mcmax3000:

Almost everyone on Gamespot's community forum is literally freaking out over this, and not in a good way.

Me personally, I'm just glad we're going to get some new Star Wars games. I just hope they will all be good.

Edited by RenegadeDoppelganger

@extreme_popcorn: DICE makes Republic Commando 2 in Frostbite. Done.

Visceral makes a gritty 3rd bounter hunter/rouge trader shooter or maybe takes over 1313. Awesome

Bioware... Mass Effect 3.5. Just kidding. A mass effect-esque story driven RPG set in the SW universe.

Company. Saved.

Edited by SamDrugbringer

@pfunkpearl said:

I really don't understand why people are so upset about it this, what was the last amazing star wars game? KoToR, which is easily 10 years old at this point. I personally liked Force unleashed 1, but that's easily 5 years ago. It's not like licensing games out to different companies was yielding great results every time, for every star wars lego you had 2-3 Kinect Star Wars. Someone was going to snatch this up and they had to be big, so that's who? EA, Activision, Ubisoft? There's not a lot of other companies with the money to support this franchise. So I'll chalk the reactions I'm seeing under generic internet rage.

Yeah I don't get it either. Of the realistic possibilities, EA is the one who has the studios (between Visceral, DICE and Bioware) that seem like they could best realize the different types of Star Wars games most people would want.

Maybe they don't want them to give Exclusive rights to ANY Huge publisher that's going to try to squeeze every penny out of the license? Maybe license them on a game-by game basis, so that they're only approving good games, instead of just giving it to EA so they can make some cash in every year.

Posted by reichaos

I'm curious as to how much weight EA is going to be able to throw around with the SW franchise, especially given their most recent SW game (SWTOR). We should all remember how that went. Regardless of their past however, there is still plenty of potential in this. I'm not going to keep my hopes too high, but maybe they can do some justice to the universe now that they have the rights to develop.

Edited by bananaz

This is big news, and yet I don't even remotely care. It's like two things I no longer enjoy decided to team up to make more things for me to ignore. EA and Star Wars games, a marriage made in my blindspot.

Posted by Saganomics

@pfunkpearl said:

I really don't understand why people are so upset about it this, what was the last amazing star wars game? KoToR, which is easily 10 years old at this point. I personally liked Force unleashed 1, but that's easily 5 years ago. It's not like licensing games out to different companies was yielding great results every time, for every star wars lego you had 2-3 Kinect Star Wars. Someone was going to snatch this up and they had to be big, so that's who? EA, Activision, Ubisoft? There's not a lot of other companies with the money to support this franchise. So I'll chalk the reactions I'm seeing under generic internet rage.

Yeah I don't get it either. Of the realistic possibilities, EA is the one who has the studios (between Visceral, DICE and Bioware) that seem like they could best realize the different types of Star Wars games most people would want.

Maybe they don't want them to give Exclusive rights to ANY Huge publisher that's going to try to squeeze every penny out of the license? Maybe license them on a game-by game basis, so that they're only approving good games, instead of just giving it to EA so they can make some cash in every year.

Not to mention that EA has had several high profile failures in the recent past that are still fresh in a lot of people's minds.

Edited by Gunslinger0130

EA needs to replace Battlefield's bench warmer (Medal of Honor), it would make sense that they would do it with Battlefront.

Also, no way DICE would do Battlefront as EA needs all hands on deck where Battlefield's concerned so they can go toe to toe with COD, obviously it would be done using Frostbite though.

I'm ok with this.

Posted by imfaraway

Republic Commando 2 (drops mic)

Posted by Gildermershina

Oh no, all the Star Wars games were great, and they showed such restraint when licensing the property before now. Now EA are going to annualise Star Wars games, and put out a bunch that are bad on purpose and sell a bunch of DLC, and it'll have DRM, and microtransactions, and the, um, cities will be smaller, because they're THE WORST COMPANY IN AMERICA 2013.

Edited by Bandit

Hmm, having to get ideas passed both EA and Disney higher-ups sounds like a creative director's nightmare

Edited by Bourbon_Warrior

Cool now make a proper Knights game

Posted by probablytuna

KOTOR 3 back in Bioware hands maybe?

Also, no Guns of Navarro this week? :(

Edited by Mjolnir

Anything that increases the likelihood of a new Battlefront or Republic Commando is fine by me. Only time will tell how all this shakes out, but I'll allow myself some mild excitement over this. I'll also be curious to see what direction the company moves in once a new full-time CEO steps up, and how that might affect whatever they do here.