Today EA and Disney announced that an exclusive, multiple year licensing agreement has been reached between the companies to produce Star Wars games, and EA says that BioWare, DICE and Visceral are already hard at work on three separate titles.
In a blog post over at EA President Frank Gibeau revealed the deal and gave some tasty details about what to expect in the coming years:
"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.
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."
This is fantastic news overall, although some may be worried that EA will be making them remember that just a few weeks ago it looks liked we'd never be getting any Star Wars games at all. I have full faith in these teams to make some great Star Wars games, if only 1313 still existed.
Let me know in the comments what you think of the deal, I'd be very interested to hear your opinions.