“The Force is strong with this one.”
I love that line. It instantly transports me back to my childhood, to an epic world that had a powerful influence on my life. Like hundreds of millions of people, I am a true believer – someone who can’t get enough of the story, the culture, and the ethos of Star Wars.
Today, The Walt Disney Company has announced that they have chosen EA to create new Star Wars experiences for gamers worldwide.
The magic of Star Wars is interwoven into the worlds, characters, planets and amazing battles. It is a universe that lends itself perfectly to gaming. Our agreement unlocks a whole new future of Star Wars games that will span consoles, PCs, tablets, mobile and more.
While we don’t have any details to share today on specific titles, our development teams are already brimming with design ideas. The EA Studios that will develop these games are some of the most innovative and popular creative teams in the world, and include DICE and Visceral, in addition to the BioWare team, which is already developing for the Star Wars franchise. These imaginative teams will make games that may borrow from films, but the games will be entirely original with all new stories. Powering it all will be the Frostbite 3 development engine – guaranteeing incredible graphic fidelity, environments and characters.
Disney and Electronic Arts announced today the completion of an exclusive deal for EA to develop and publish a new series of Star Wars video games. Frank Gibeau, the President of EA labels had this to say:
Although the word exclusive was used, Disney does reserve the right to develop other new Star Wars games for mobile, social, tablet, and online platforms. Neither company divulged the financial terms of the agreement in their announcements, but it’s no secret the deal is worth millions to EA.
The question as to what this new deal means to existing Star Wars games like Star Wars 1313 is still unclear. Many already published Star Wars titles and those under development over at LucasFilm were shut down last month. A spokesperson for Disney has said that nothing was being announced about the pre-existing titles at this point, those decisions will most likely be made jointly by Disney, EA, and Lucasfilm.
EA has been struggling in the last few years, both creatively and financially, which has led to layoffs and shutdowns culminating with EA’s addition to the list of the worst companies to work for last year.
What should Star Wars fans expect from EA? My reaction to the news can be summed up in the picture below.
Disney has gone to the Dark Side of the video game industry. Most of the games developed by EA are crap and EA’s customer service is one of the worst in the business.
The “only hope” for Star Wars video game fans is that Bioware, a subdivision of EA and the one shining gem in a sea of EA mediocrity, should be taking a lead in the development of many of the new Star Wars games. A Star Wars based game in the style of Mass Effect or Dragon Age would be a welcome addition to the mix.
What do you think about the announcement? What would you suggest to EA and Bioware using the contact information given above?