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The Walt Disney Company and EA Announce Multi-Year Star Wars Games Agreement

BURBANK & REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) and Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today announced a new multi-year exclusive licensing agreement to develop and publish globally new games based on Star Wars characters and storylines.

Under the agreement, EA will develop and publish new Star Wars titles for a core gaming audience, spanning all interactive platforms and the most popular game genres, while Disney will retain certain rights to develop new titles within the mobile, social, tablet and online game categories. (EA, Industry, Mobile, Star Wars)

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majiebeast  +   513d ago
Im okay with this aslong as it means Battlefront 3 by DICE, 1313 development resumed by Visceral and KOTOR 3 by Bioware.
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Rainstorm81  +   513d ago
That sounds ideal

Next gen KOTOR 3 by BioWare is what I need
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LOL_WUT  +   513d ago
A battlefront 3 by DICE would be epic! Glad EA got the License for the Star Wars franchise. ;)
minimur12  +   513d ago
I just want them to continue 1313 xD

it looked so cool!
darthv72  +   513d ago
i have a bad feeling about this...
lets hope EA stick to traditional SW type of games and doesnt muck up the license.

I'd hate to see a Madden-esq type of SW football game. Galactic empire vs the rebels with vader and luke as the respected quarter backs.
thorstein  +   513d ago
Let's just hope they don't go the EA Sports route:

Starwars 14, Starwars 15, Starwars 16. Each installment would have a roster update to the Jedi and Sith but little if any graphical or gameplay improvements.
thorstein  +   513d ago
And I certainly don't want: The Sims Star Wars Jedi Edition. Sith edition maybe, but not Jedi.
HammadTheBeast  +   513d ago
I have hope now... but I'm scared.

Hold me Chewbacca.
Wenis  +   513d ago
I don't want DICE to ruin SWBF the way they ruined the BF franchise. Well that might be too harsh, but BF has definitely gone downhill since BF2 to cater to a mainstream audience. I would rather EA Los Angeles make SWBF3, since they hired a bunch of ex-Pandemic employees, the people who originally made SWBF.
Fergusonxplainsall  +   513d ago
Totally agree. We need Battlefront 3 and 1313 Bounty Hunter game. Hope EA does not go full retard and make Pod Racer 2..

Still want a move compatible lightsaber game but with EA at the helm , i doubt that will ever happen.
darkride66  +   513d ago
Are you basing Episode One Racer? That game was a blast!

Don't get me wrong, I'd rather see a more constructive use of the Star Wars franchise then to do another racing game, but I loved the hell out of the original pod racing game.

Not that there's a shortage of first person shooters out there, but I found Star Wars Republic Commando to be a really good game (at least the single player had a decent campaign. Never tried the multiplayer). I was always looking forward to a followup that never came.

KOTOR actually turned me off Bioware games for years. I just need the next mission, I don't need the bloody life history of everyone I meet. It wasn't until Dragon Age that I gave Bioware another chance (since have gone back and played Mass Effect. Loved em). I know everyone seems to have some nostalgic love of KOTOR, but I tried multiple times to get into that game and just couldn't stop from being bored to tears. A new KOTOR game...I could take it or leave it.

Jedi Knights/Dark Forces I played all of but they never really stuck with me. The Force Unleashed had a cool story but just felt like a missed opportunity overall. I wouldn't mind seeing a resurrection of Shadows of the Empire. The Rogue Squadron games were a helluva lot of fun as well.

Xwing..space shooters were all the rage back in the day but I don't know that they have any appeal these days. I used to love X-wing, Tie-Figher, Wing Commander, etc, but is anyone making space shooters any more? Didn't they just do a Star Trek one a few years ago that was good but no one bought it?

Star Wars: The Arcade Game ate up a good chunk of my time, and quarters, as a youth. Still brings a smile to my face. :)
darthv72  +   513d ago
@ferguson
There already was a pod racer 2. it was called Racer Revenge and was exclusive to the PS2.

Not a bad game but not as much fun as the original on the DC and PC or the suped up Arcade version with full sit down pod racer cabinet.
smokelocc  +   513d ago
Everybody know you dont go full retard'!
Fergusonxplainsall  +   513d ago
Yes we can still have pod racing as in a GTA like Star Wars game.Take a break from bounty hunting or being a jedi to pod race with friends.

That would be sweet, take it to a whole other level EA. I want it all!
LoveOfTheGame  +   512d ago
@darkride66
You do realize that Dragon Age Origins and KOTOR are essentially the same game with different skins, which is why I love both.

I do wish though that somehow Obsidian would get the chance over Bioware...they have gone downhill over the years and I enjoyed KOTOR 2 over the first.
DarthJay  +   513d ago
Yes, yes, yes, yes, take my money, here it is, make me those three games from those three studios. PLEASE!! Say what you want about EA, but I don't care, this is amazing, perfect and I couldn't think of three better studios to start working on games. Whatever they do, it will be great, because all of their games are awesome. So excited.
himdeel  +   513d ago
Player: "DAMN that dual light saber is nice!"
EA: "Yeah it is but if you want to use it that will be $1.99."
Player: "Hmm I think I'll just use the force."
EA: "Funny you should mention that, all force use is actually $4.99 plus an additional $1.99 for each use after 10 uses."
Player goes back to playing Star Wars on SNES.
Root  +   513d ago
Well it could of been worse...it could of been Activision

Still 1313 will probably end up a let down and Battlefront 3 will be COD-ified
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tristanwerbe  +   513d ago
well they already have 1313 and Battlefront 3 builds so they will most likely pick up off those
Root  +   513d ago
Hopefully....but you know what EA are like
MikeMyers  +   513d ago
Here we go again, pessimism at its finest.

This is great news because we will get some great core games and they are making new Star Wars movies for quite awhile now that Lucas sold it off. Some thought 1313 was going to be scrapped.
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Root  +   513d ago
It's EA what the hell do you expect

Jeez Mike Myers to EA,s rescue...just like when people pointed out how crap dmc was.

"Oh goodness no guys, you have to actually buy the game if you want to judge it, even though we can all see it's going to be a letdown from previous DMC games"

You call people for having an opinion that dosen't match your own. I mean you don't see me coming onto your comments and getting mad because they don't match my views.
MikeMyers  +   513d ago
No point in having an opinion saying Battlefield 3 will be like Call of Duty. We don't know anything about it yet. I guess some people just like to focus on the negatives more than the positives. It would be different if I were responding to someone who is quite level-headed and can show a positive attitude and a negative one. When most comments are negative the credibility gets tossed aside and comes across of more like whining and complaining than an opinion.

I just don't see any benefit in saying 1313 will be a letdown either other than trying to gather attention and hoping others will jump on-board waving their EA flags being burned. I view each game on their own. I don't think EA and then all of the sudden all their games are crap. NHL is the best sports games out there IMO. No point in generalizing unless you're trying to gather troops on the 'hate EA' campaign.

I don't see how being reasonable is coming to their rescue. Did I say these games will be great? Just awhile ago we thought they scrapped the games. Now they announce Star Wars is back. I see that as a positive because now we'll get to play them, you focus on the negatives.
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GraveLord  +   513d ago
You can't get worse than EA. But really, they're the biggest publisher out there. Disney probably didn't have a choice.
aiBreeze  +   513d ago
Why would Activision be worse? If they treated it like their next potential big thing, they'd give it the love and attention it needs to become their next successful franchise. Sure there would be DLC map packs but at least we wouldn't be paying to unlock lightsabers early.
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theEx1Le  +   513d ago
Or for online Passes.
Dlacy13g  +   513d ago
It makes sense give EA and their history with Star Wars. Now lets hope 1313 is able to be resurrected from the ashes...
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Prodigy-X  +   513d ago
*In Darth Vaders Voice*

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Qrphe  +   513d ago
It's over, Star Wars is finished
4lc4pon3  +   513d ago
YUUUUP Star Wars is done. Say goodbye. rack up another screwed series thanks to EA
torchic  +   513d ago
EA could cure cancer and make the blind see again and people would still hate them.

it's the popular thing I guess.
aiBreeze  +   513d ago
Well yeah because they'd be focusing on finding ways to best capitalize on curing cancer and the blind.

People don't blindly hate on EA, EA get hated on because they are greed personified.
sourav93  +   513d ago
Tbh I'll take risk of the games being possibly bad than risk not having any Star Wars games at all.
Qrphe  +   513d ago
Well yes, something is better than nothing. We're not forced to buy them after all.
Godmars290  +   513d ago
its suppose to be quality not quantity, and yet quantity either is the rule of thumb or it becomes the rule.

A game company gets a hit, they run it into the ground.
venom06  +   513d ago
and the stupid fanboy haterism for a game they nothing about starts in 3...2...1... Imagine beautiful Star Wars on Next Gen Frostbite..... oh the beautiful potential.. Congrats DICE and other great studios..
Unicron  +   513d ago
Yup. I mean I can't wait to pay for my Season Pass on top of my $60 purchase, and then spend $5.00 on the "Lightsaber Colors Pack" and another $10.00 on the "Old Republic Character Pack"

- said no one ever.
jmac53  +   513d ago
Battlefront 3 and Dice! Sweet!
Newmanator  +   513d ago
Just turn my PS Move controller into a Lightsaber and all will be good in the world.
Sarobi  +   513d ago
Please let this mean Battlefront 3~!
ApolloTheBoss  +   513d ago
Don't know how I feel about this. But hey it's better than nothing.
arronax-1  +   513d ago
To be honest, I think nothing IS better.
linkenski  +   513d ago
At least this means there is a chance of Bioware making another starwars RPG at some point.
biRdy  +   513d ago
Please EA I can't handle another canceled Battlefront project!
Bobby Kotex  +   513d ago
All Star Wars games will require an internet connection and will be pay to win.
R_aVe_N  +   513d ago
I am really glad to hear this actually. I dang sure didn't want Activision to pick it up in any way. I think DICE could do a great job on Battlefront 3 if it ever happens. As far as KOTOR 3 goes Bioware could have made this any time they wanted, but chose not to which is very disappointing as a fan of the series. A Bioware partnership with Obsidian to create KOTOR 3 would be idle.
TotalHitman  +   513d ago
Better than Activision.
NYC_Gamer  +   513d ago
I'm not gonna praise this announcement until a product is on the market and able to be played
gamegenieny  +   513d ago
RIP star wars ..... EA will destroy that franchise now. If you don't believe me go check the fail that has become SWTOR. This is not a good start Disney ....
SegaGamer  +   513d ago
EA huh, should be interesting. I'm not really a massive fan of theirs but they can make me happy if they revive Jedi Knight and Battlefront games.
BLow  +   513d ago
One day EA is the scum of the earth, worst company to work for, make crap games, and now this is great news. I swear, I don't understand people on this site. I mean come on I can't be the only one that has noticed this. Where's all the haters jumping on the bandwagon? Did the wheels fall off or what? I'm confused. Why is this good news? I'm not an EA hater but this company just got voted to be the worst company to work for and everybody jumped on board. Now this news come out and people are happy. Once again I'm confused...oh well, just another day on N4G.
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R_aVe_N  +   513d ago
Sadly that is just how N4G works lol. EA has some great studios under their belt. I think a lot of these studio could make a very good Star Wars game and they finally have their chance to do so. A lot people are saying EA will just mess up star wars, but if people haven't already noticed there has not been a good star wars game in many many years. They can not mess up what is already messed up already. I am very excited to see what DICE and Visceral can both do with the Star War franchise.

What I really hope is all the star wars games they are making are starting from scratch. I don't want them to pick up where other developers have left off. I want 1313 to stay canceled due to what has happened in the past where a games being passed around, and never being good when released. It takes a lot more time and effort to go through code and art from another company than it does just to make it all yourself.
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gamegenieny  +   513d ago
SWTOR says "hi!"
R_aVe_N  +   513d ago
@gamegenieny

SWTOR is not what fans wanted they wanted a real KOTOR game not what SWTOR is an MMO. This has been stated countless times by fans of the series. It can say "Hi" all it wants, but doesn't change anything. SWTOR was started before EA even aquired Bioware.
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gamegenieny  +   513d ago
Couldn't reply directly so doing it here. My point wasn't to Kotor 3 and what people want. My point is that they turned it into a mess. You saying SWTOR was started before EA aquired bioware proves my point. SWTOR was turned into a milk machine, much like what EA has done with alot of good franchises like Mass effect, Dragon age and Dead space. I'd love to think that they'd make good games with star wars but again, its EA.....

I for one would love to see Star wars games that are good, hell i wanted Kotor 3. But i'll take a wait and see attitude, because the way things have been going hasn't been great.
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arronax-1  +   513d ago
Sure, and they took great care of The Old Republic, didn't they? s/
arronax-1  +   513d ago
Need I remind you guys that they actually had the gaul to blame US, the consumers, for all their problems? Even so far as to point fingers at homophobes.

consumerist.com/2013/04/05/ea -admits-it-can-do-better-but-bl ames-worst-company-success-on-h omophobes-and-whiny-madden-fans /
andrewer  +   513d ago
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOO NOT EA PLEASE.
EA is famous for destroying lots of good studios either by shutting them down or making them make stupid things...like they did to Bioware with Mass Effect or to Westwood Studios...JESUS CHRIST.
RuleofOne343  +   513d ago
Best part all Star War games remain 3rd party . sweet
tigertron  +   513d ago
EA, release Battlefront 3 and don't screw it up with micro-transaction crap etc...
jay2  +   513d ago
SW 1313 yessssssssssssss!
jdktech2010  +   513d ago
DICE....Battlefront 3....

its a perfect fit imo and this has to be happening.
phantomexe  +   513d ago
I wonder if will see The force unleashed 3... more then likely not but who knows.
SKUD  +   513d ago
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
LoveOfTheGame  +   512d ago
Oh we will get fooled again.
gigoran  +   513d ago
Can anyone remember when a good game based on the star wars films was made? I'm not talking about battlefront, kotor, or fighting games. I mean based solely on the movies. If you answered the super star wars series, you would be correct. So does anyone expect any improvement from EA? That's right... move along, nothing to see here.
cyguration  +   513d ago
It's disturbing to see how many people who were fed feces from this company is now back under them, ready to eat feces from them once more.

You guys all forgot about the NHL, SimCity, Tortanic, Scrabble, Mass Effect, microtransaction, anti-consumerism from EA that fast? Really?

Ugh.

This is why we can't have nice things.
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