Submitted by GadgetGooch 817d ago | article

What it means for EA to develop core Star Wars games and why my pants just exploded.

On Monday EA struck a multi-year deal with Disney to develop core Star Wars games with DICE, BioWare and Visceral Games all announced to be behind the titles being developed. Now I love Star Wars, I wouldn’t say I’m a uber fanboy but I love the films and games a lot and this news has seriously got me excited as I believe Disney made the right choice with when choosing EA as their brother in arms. (EA, PC, PS3, PS4, Star Wars, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

GadgetGooch  +   817d ago
DeadPixel  +   817d ago
Would have rather them have gone with a better publisher like Activision...
Majin-vegeta  +   817d ago
I would have rather they gone to any one else besides EA,Activision,and Bethesda.

P.S. Activision is a bad publisher.
SITH  +   816d ago
Then you must have not been paying attention for years. EA has been publishing Star Wars games for quite some time now. Bioware developed KOTOR the best Star Wars RPG ever made. EA... owns Bioware!
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Yodagamer  +   817d ago
Activison hasn't made a decent license game since shattered dimensions. I guess you could count amazing spiderman, but that's average compared to some of the games treyarch made with spiderman. If I had to choose between ea and activison, ea would have been the one, considering they have made star wars games before.
papashango  +   817d ago
I don't think anyone with any intelligence is going to let Bioware near a Star Wars title in the foreseeable future.
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LoveOfTheGame  +   817d ago
The article makes me think the author doesn't know much about EA and its studios. First don't put quality with madden and FIFA, if they were really good they wouldn't need to buy the license for these two sports.

Bioware with EA already had a chance with the Star Wars License and it was bad and disappointing. I know it's not only the publisher's fault and I agree...which should let you know how downhill Bioware has gone from looking at the first KOTOR without EA.

Edit: Grammatical error, stupid keyboard.
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GadgetGooch  +   817d ago
I'm sorry you feel that way buddy, FIFA is one of the best selling games in the world and the amount of detail that goes into each release alone is immense, I understand EA and it's respective developers have made mistakes in the past but so has every other developer/publisher.

The main branch of studio's that EA has under it's belt does shine with quality, even if BioWare has messed up with the latest KOTOR slightly they are still a bunch of talented people and if anyone can give a good go at making a deep intergalactic Star Wars RPG then BioWare is it.

The good games that EA release out ways the bad ones in my opinion and they have the best bunch of diverse genre developers/studios out there which could cater to a lot more people than most other publishers right now.
LoveOfTheGame  +   817d ago
I'm not saying FIFA or Madden are necessarily bad, just we really don't have much to compare them to.

As for KOTOR there are plenty of people that could be preferred over Bioware. First one that comes to mind is the developers that made the last good KOTOR, Obsidian. They created a game that was arguably better than the first in half the time. Plus their track record destroys both EA and Bioware recent works.

I know EA has made good games and overall, yes it does outweigh the bad. But over the past few years their bad really has taken a foot hold, case and point two consecutive worst company in America awards.
Alcohog  +   817d ago
I just want to see some games grounded within the universe of the original 3 films again.

I'd like to head into the trenches of the Death Star with next generation video game tech. omnomnom
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RBarlow  +   817d ago
I agree, will be awesome to see what the next-gen consoles can come up with in the Star Wars universe! I for one am really excited, and believe EA and Disney will do an awesome job :)
LightofDarkness  +   817d ago
This article is just re-stating the obvious, for the most part, and reads like a gushing fanboy's forum post.

My problems with the EA handling are the obvious ones, too. Bioware haven't made a nuanced or great game since Mass Effect, which was prior to their EA buy-out. Dragon Age is a very good game, but it was just them returning to their D&D style with more Mass Effect style conversations. Everything since then has been problematic.

DICE handling Battlefront 3? Are you sure you want Battlefront 3 to just be Battlefield 3 in space? It'd be best to give it back to Free Radical (now Crytek UK), let them finish what they started. I'd like to see how C&C Generals 2 turns out, then see if DICE could handle a Star Wars RTS.

Who the hell would want to play the Sims Star Wars? Sims fans are more like teenage girls and bored housewives, neither of whom would have a particularly vested interest in the Star Wars universe, and I don't think anyone would care too much about how the boring, ordinary people of that universe live their lives (why watch a peasant live his life when you could be controlling an X-Wing or Jedi character?)

The only noteworthy Visceral title is Dead Space, and they've gone ahead and ruined that too with DS3. Star Wars has no real horror elements, so a horror game would be a bad move, and Army of Two Devil's Cartel (as well as Dead Space 3) prove they are only capable of humdrum action games, so I wouldn't get too excited about whatever they're working on.

And seriously, Criterion Pod Racer? Pod racing is one of the dumber things to come out of Star Wars, which is no small feat considering the very movie that spawned it. That's a big fat no from a lot of people (namely: Star Wars fans).

What would be good games, then? Aside from the aforementioned RTS, how about a Sim Empire game in Star Wars by Maxis? Crytek could do a good job of making a Mandalorian Bounty Hunter game, using Crysis' style as a template to expand on (and their flair for visuals would be a massive boon for realizing Star Wars locales). And I'd like to see someone take on space combat (I think Criterion would do VERY well here), but it won't happen. But really, a lot of talent has left EA recently, and many of the studios that saw them though this generation have been losing their luster and penchant for greatness for the last few years. I'm not expecting anything more than Star Wars shovel ware and mediocre action games, with lots of micro transactions and paid DLC, because it's EA we're talking about here.

The sad thing is that we're never going to see much greatness or innovation in Star Wars games because smaller studios will NEVER get a shot. Indies and small studios can't afford that license, and Disney don't care who gets it as long as they get paid for giving to them (i.e. no great risk for them, only the people developing it). Only the likes of EA can afford things like that.
GadgetGooch  +   817d ago
You seem to know a lot more about star wars than me seeing as i am supposedly the fanboy, I like the previous games and also the films but i only have a general view on Star Wars as i never been a fanboy as stated within the article. So does that not mean teenage girls should not play Star Wars games because you alone feel there is not a market out there for that? Kinda sexist in my view.

The article was a general view of the possibilities that EA could produce with the developers they have, which could cater to a massive market not just RPG, FPS and TPS lovers.

As for DICE, if they created battlefront 3 and it had the same class that battlefield 3 had plus space flight and fighting then yes i would like to play that without any arguments anyday but also your comment on the original battlefront 3 being completed and released by free radical would be awesome too as the leaked video's did look solid, but that does not look like it will be happening anytime soon so for me i'd like to see what DICE does come up with be it BF3 or something completely new.
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LightofDarkness  +   817d ago
I was commenting on what it reads like, and it refers to your attitude towards EA, not Star Wars (which I think is quite obvious given the body of the rest of the argument).

"So does that not mean teenage girls should not play Star Wars games because you alone feel there is not a market out there for that? Kinda sexist in my view." That's quite a reach, but nice try at exhibiting a number of logical fallacies and abuses in a one fell swoop (ad hominem, reductio ad absurdum abuse AND straw-man, well done). No one said they shouldn't, but it's quite obvious that, by and large, they don't, especially given its "geeky" connotations and social stigmas.
Thomaticus  +   817d ago
There's going to be a Star Wars game every year now... Like Madden!
Psychotica  +   817d ago
When I think of EA, I think of what they did with Sim City which doesn't give me a lot of confidence..
PooEgg  +   817d ago
Talk to me when EA stops looking at gamers like we are giant open wallets for them to exploit on their road to riches, and starts making quality games again.
csreynolds  +   817d ago
"why my pants just exploded"

Really? *holds head in hands*
PopRocks359  +   817d ago
Why the hell are all of these articles trying so desperately to make us believe EA developing Star Wars games is a good thing?
LightofDarkness  +   817d ago
Your guess is as good as mine, I've never seen so many EA fans before, even when they weren't reaching comic-book level villainy and seemed to have turned over a new leaf (circa Dead Space and Mirror's Edge releases).

I hate to jump on the "media corruption" bandwagon (everybody has SOME fans); but if it keeps up, I don't know if can reserve my cynicism.
MilkMan  +   817d ago
Could care less that EA is publishing and developing games based on the SW license.
Last good game I played that was licensed was Batman.
EA has nothing in their portfolio that would suggest they are up to the task.

Unless they intend to make shooters and some kind of racing game and of course some hybrid sports meets SW kind of game.

These guys lost their creativity back in the late 80's
Oh_Yeah  +   816d ago
You have to remember EA doesn't actually develop many games, they are mainly publishers. The developers they have are certainly talented enough to bring about some kick ass Star Wars games. Namely Bioware and Visceral, the devs who made arguably two of the greatest sci-fi games this gen in Mass effect and Dead Space, then you also have Crytek. If I were EA these are the teams I'd get working on Star Wars... I think the games are in good hands.
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MilkMan  +   816d ago
Whats the deal with Visceral. I love these guys. One minute I read they are laid off the next they are working on SW.

I'm confused as hell.
RBarlow  +   817d ago
This is really exciting Disney and EA are mega and I think they will do a brilliant job! And as a lover of both Star Wars and the SIM's, I think if they combined the two it would be a truly epic game! And I love racing games, so a pod racing game would be awesome too! Overall I am really excited to see what they come up with and hope they use the next-gen consoles and graphics to their full potential. I really hope they come up with something for the Wii U and don't leave it out in the cold.
Campy da Camper  +   817d ago
You forgot the /s at the end there....
00  +   817d ago
Each time your pants explode is going to cost 5$

pay up buddy.
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aliengmr  +   817d ago
I am cautiously optimistic about Disney and EA at this point. That's only because LucasArts and even George Lucas to a certain extent, haven't done the franchise any favors in recent years. Basically a case of "anyone is better than them" at this point.

That said, up to now, EA has preferred the safe bets. Bloated AAAs that appeal to wide audiences. That pretty much rules out any return of X-Wing/TIE Fighter or any game that doesn't appeal to the widest possible audiences.

Then there's the fact that none of those games will come to Steam, which for me, is a huge negative.

As for Disney, I honestly have no clue what their intentions are. There are positives, like the change in timeline, and negatives, like their level of control and how that will effect the lore. IMO, its up in the air at this point.

I've been a huge Star Wars nerd my entire life. But things like Greedo firing first and LucasArts' talent at making crap SW games have taken their toll. A change is welcome at this point but I'm not certain it will turn out good.
DMAgony  +   817d ago
Look, I can think of no better quote from Star Wars itself to sum up this situation.

"We're doomed."
CourierSix  +   817d ago
Mmm i'm not sure what to think. But Bioware had involvement in the KoTOR games and i'm a missive fan of those and the Star Wars universe itself. I hope EA does a good job with this opportunity...
ZeekQuattro  +   817d ago
What it means is even more Star Wars games with microtransactions. If Battle Front 3 does get released I fear how badly they'll treat it.

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