EA To Exclusively Produce Future Star Wars Games

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Oh my.

Earlier today, EA made their announcement in which they have taken the bid in complete exclusivity for creating Star Wars games. There are specifics to the contract, in which EA will produce the games “…  for a core gaming audience, spanning all interactive platforms and the most popular game genres…” Disney will retain certain rights to develop for the mobile and social gaming space. What these “certain rights” are, however, were not fully disclosed.

It seems EA has given the helm over to three of their top developers: DICE, Visceral, and Bioware, who are currently still working on a Star Wars related project, The Old Republic.

“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.”

– John Pleasants, Co-President of Disney Interactive

While that sounds nice and dandy, the gaming community still remembers the follies of both company’s doings as of late. Fans are still irate with EA with the recently released Sim City, let alone still bitter over Mass Effect 3, which landed EA with the Consumerists “Worst Company” golden poo award two years in a row – which I am in complete disagreement on.

Then we just recently saw Disney close the doors on LucasArts. A developer that, while not creating bitchin’ games as of late, held gamer’s hearts as many lamented their departure in the game development world. There are also the rumors that Disney may already be planning to milk that Star Wars cow even moreso than George Lucas ever did, and start producing either offshoot movies based off of individual characters from the lore.

To put it bluntly, we can already hear the ire and teeth gnashing in both the gaming community and the Star Wars fandom. While I personally think EA has received way too much flack as of late, (seriously, do we all really want to go back to EA pre 2005), I will acknowledge their games have been lacking in… many things. I will also acknowledge that they are one of the few companies that do try new IPs as opposed to just churning out cash with their sequel machines on a regular basis, so why not?

Maybe Disney will hand Visceral the Star Wars 1313 assets to let them continue? One can only hope.

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