EA Will Be The Exclusive Publisher For Disney’s Star Wars Games

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Walt Disney and Electronic Arts have sealed the deal. EA adds the Star Wars universe to it’s growing list of multi-year exclusive content. It was a logical choice for Disney, as EA and Bioware recently published Star Wars: The Old Republic, but as we all know things didn’t end up so well for the now F2P online MMORPG.

EA and Disney have released this official statement:

This agreement demonstrates our commitment to creating quality game experiences that drive the popularity of the Star Wars franchise for years to come,” said John Pleasants, Co-President of Disney Interactive. “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,” said EA Labels President Frank Gibeau. “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.”

Disney will retain rights to publish certain mobile, social, tablet, and online games. This announcement may add to the recent unrest after Disney’s closure of LucasArts. Recently leaked Alpha footage of the cancelled Battlefront 3 may only stoke the fire.

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