Electronic Arts picks up multi-year license to develop Star Wars video games for Disney, following LucasArts closure

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Just over a month since Disney and Lucasfilm shuttered LucasArts, a new multi-year exclusive licensing agreement has been announced with Electronic Arts to develop and publish new “Star Wars” based video games.

The Walt Disney Company and Electronic Arts will use “Star Wars” characters and story lines to create new games, much as EA has in the past with Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Under the agreement, EA will develop and publish new Star Wars titles spanning all platforms and popular game genres, while Disney will retain certain rights to develop new titles within the mobile, social, tablet and online game categories.

“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.”

DICE (Battlefield series), Visceral (Dead Space series), and BioWare (Mass Effect series, Star Wars: The Old Republic) will join together to create the new Star Wars games.

“Our number one objective was to find a developer who could consistently deliver our fans great Star Wars games for years to come,” said Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm. “When we looked at the talent of the teams that EA was committing to our games and the quality of their vision for Star Wars, the choice was clear.”

No specific games have been announced yet.

(2012 photo by Mike Segar / Reuters)

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