It was today announced that Disney and EA have entered an multi-year agreement for new Star Wars video games.
Under the terms of the deal, EA will develop and publish new Star Wars titles across various interactive platforms, while Disney will retain the rights to develop games within the mobile, social, tablet and online game categories.
John Pleasants, Co-President of Disney Interactive, said in a press release;
“This agreement demonstrates our commitment to creating quality game experiences that drive the popularity of the Star Wars franchise for years to come. 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.”
EA Labels President Frank Gibeau was also quoted;
“Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe. 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.”
No timeframe has yet been announced for when we can expect the first title under this new agreement. Back in April, Disney closed down the games publishing arm of LucasArts, bringing to an end development of Star Wars 1313 and Star Wars: Final Assault. No word yet if work on those titles will be restarted by EA in the wake of this new agreement.