The Walt Disney Company and Electronic Arts have partnered in a multi-year licensing agreement to develop and publish games future 'Star Wars'-games.
The deal establishes that EA will develop and publish new Star Wars titles for consoles and the PC while Disney will retain the rights to develop games for social and mobile platforms.
Frank Gibeau, President of EA Labels, has stated in a press release: Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe. 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.
Announcement of the partnership comes only a month after Disney closed LucasArts. Its shutdown resulted in 150 people being laid off while Star Wars: First Assault and Star Wars 1313 were cancelled.
News of partnership was met with mixed reaction from Star Wars fans. Optamistic fans are hoping that EA's subsidies will continue working on Star Wars: First Assault and Star Wars 1313.
However many shared their displeasure of the news and were quick to ridicule how EA's marketing practices would apply to future Star Wars games. Obviously many used the classic movie quote: "I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened."
Giuseppe Nelv, News Editor of DuelShockers.com, had some high hopes about the partnership while taking a jab at pessimistic fans when he wrote: While the internet is probably about to implode into an enormous black hole, I have to say that the possibility to finally see BioWare developing Knights of the Old Republic III, or DICE putting their hands on the Star Wars: Battlefront franchise most definitely tickles my fancy.
No new games have yet to be announced but gamers could expect EA to announce any upcoming Star Wars projects in June during E3 2013.