EA Studios DICE And Visceral To Produce Star Wars Games In Multi-Year Deal

By Ishaan . May 6, 2013 . 1:29pm

STAR_WARSDisney and Electronic Arts are entering a multi-year exclusive deal to produce new Star Wars videogames. Under the agreement, EA will develop and publish new Star Wars games for a “core gaming audience” while Disney will retain rights to develop new Star Wars titles for the social, mobile and tablet markets.

 

Even more interesting is the fact that EA’s top studios are part of the arrangement. In addition to Bioware, who are already working on Star Wars with The Old Republic, DICE (Battlefield, Mirror’s Edge) and Visceral (Dead Space) will be producing new Star Wars titles as well.

 

“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.”

 

The news comes just a month after reports that Disney have shut down their LucasArts publishing subsidiary, who were responsible for Star Wars development, and cancelled in-development titles like Star Wars 1313 and Star Wars: First Assault.

 


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  • Kaitsu

    “NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!” or something, right?

  • urbanscholar

    *raises sign* Please let Bioware have creative liberties and tackle a Star Wars RPG for KOTOR fans.

  • Warboss Aohd

    EA? oh zog…….it had ta be dem didn’t it? couldn’t have been someone who actually gave a crap.

    • AnimusVox

      Seems like EA was the only one, or one the few to actually give a crap or else someone else would’ve picked it up.
      At least that’s how I see it.

      • Solomon_Kano

        Indeed. Activision’s moving out of the licensed game biz, it’s not really Ubi’s cup of tea, and THQ is dead. Not really anybody else who could’ve taken it, unless somebody in Japan wanted it. Well, there’s Bethesda, but…

  • Abend

    Wha- WHY?! Starwars 1313 gets cancelled and we get this announcement the hell disney i thought you where cool.

    • http://twitter.com/ValeFalkren Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      Disney decided to keep their hands on all social elements of star wars

    • Scrooge_McDuck

      To be fair, though, LucasArts hadn’t made a decent game, let alone a decent Star Wars game, for almost a decade. I don’t really have confidence that 1313 would actually be good based on that.

      BioWare, DICE and Visceral at least have one or two decent games during that timespan.

      • Abend

        From the initial release game play it looked like a fairly good game something that doesn’t focus on jedi or sith and on a smuggler no less would have been a nice change, I however would love to see Viseral do a Starwars game as they would know how to make it good.

  • Brandonmkii

    Star wars battlefield? A new kotor game by bioware? This could be pretty exciting.

  • DesmaX

    While I really dislike EA, I would buy a Star Wars RPG made by Bioware… Or even a Battlefront 3

    • Daru Titor

      Yeah, DICE could handle BF3
      and Visceral could handle
      a follow up to Republic Commando
      (maybe Imperial Commando?)

  • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

    At this point, it’s just as well. EA need a popular license and Disney don’t want internal development for big-budget projects. Dead Space is pretty much done at this point, so Visceral working on Star Wars might be a good thing for EA’s bottom line.

    • ForteWily

      Maybe, but I do have concerns that this deal might not be the best one to make for Disney. For all the flack that EA gets, the one thing that concerns me is IP burnout… it happened with Madden for a lot of people once that deal got inked. And Star Wars pushes that line for many.

      Maybe EA will do Disney and the licence right, but there is a big chance for abuse here.
      Still, this is very much a wait and see.

  • Ladius

    If Battlefront 3 is the result of this partnership, I will be extremely happy.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Picture this. Brought to you by DICE. On Frostbite 3.

      http://vimeo.com/65491177

      Would anybody not want that for a Star Wars game?

  • Keima88

    Hmm if dice can make a battlefield version of star wars. That could awesome.

    I can imagine it in my mind :

    First person view fighting in the clone wars as a clone trooper and dogfights in space.

  • dragoon_slayer12

    Great, another monopoly in the former of “licensing”. Next thing they’ll have MLB and WWII exclusivity….

    I know they’ll come up with SOME good titles (if bioware and Dice put they’re all in it), but I’m sure they’ll bemore crap rather than decent titles…. Well, here’s hoping crition makes a pod racer game I guess

  • 60hz

    i’m sure EA will re-hire Lucas Arts ex-staffers to staff up for these new projects…

  • Lucian Kara

    This could be a very good thing if EA can behave themselves for Five Minutes. I would love to see KOTOR 3, a new Jedi Knight or Battlefront 3 done properly.

  • LynxAmali

    As I’ve said since I heard about this news…..

    Republic Commando 2, with the same staff/VAs and a direct sequel to the original, by DICE please.

    • Daru Titor

      I dunno…..
      I’m kinda bored with Clone Wars stuff,
      especially with Republic Heroes.

      I’m hoping for Battlefront 3
      or another game starring Kyle Katarn/Jaden Korr.

      As for KOTOR, the book Revan pretty much destroyed any interest I had in it.(for obvious reasons)

      • LynxAmali

        Considering there is a good amount of potential of a RC sequel that very well doesn’t have anything to do with the Clone Wars considering the ending of the original…..

    • Luna Kazemaru

      Oh god I would love to see a republic commando 2

  • Göran Isacson

    Huh. Correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t these companies who’ve already made Star Wars games in the past, and quite good ones at that? Because if so… guess this is good news?

    • Solomon_Kano

      It’s good news to me. All of my favorite Star Wars games (save for Rogue Squadron II) were published by EA, so I’m very happy about this. Still, EA’s policies leave something to be desired.

  • Scrooge_McDuck

    There goes my hope that Obsidian would ever make a Star Wars game again.

    • Solomon_Kano

      They were working on a pitch with LucasArts that got held up by the Disney buyout. Is there any reason they can’t take that pitch to EA?

      • Scrooge_McDuck

        They certainly could, but EA already has BioWare.

        I guess that still doesn’t mean that all possibility is closed; I’m just not hoping anymore.

        • Solomon_Kano

          From the sounds of it, Bioware’s only involvement is gonna be continuing TOR. Their other teams are continuing Mass Effect and Dragon Age, so I don’t think we’ll see them work on another SW project. Not anytime soon, at least.

  • Solomon_Kano

    If anybody could make a game on the scale of the abandoned Battlefront 3, it would be DICE. They could also probably make a pretty kickass successor to the Rogue Squadron IP…

    I’m more interested in what Visceral will be doing, since I can t really peg them for anything they’d do well in particular. Dead Space was a pretty simple TPS.

    All in all, I’m not saddened by this. The last LucasArts-made SW game I enjoyed was quite some time ago, and many good SW games came out of EA’s prior licensing. I look forward to what this brings.

  • NimbusStev

    I don’t even care about Star Wars but this still seems like good news to me. Disney knew they didn’t have the resources to make games for hardcore gamers, so they’re licensing out the series to developers who have proven that they can. Sounds like a smart move.

  • Cameron Ward

    so Visceral didnt get defuncted?

    • Solomon_Kano

      Nah, just their team that was working on Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel. They hadn’t been open for long.

  • $39420547

    ea can make good games but not great games

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