The idea of imagining the above picture in gaming form may not be so surreal, considering that Disney will now be the distributor of future Star Wars titles.
The news was published via the ‘Press Room’, a news segment of Electronic Arts’ (EA) website, which discusses Disney‘s new license agreement on the Star Wars gaming franchise. It states that, ‘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.’
Star Wars video games were previously developed by Lucas Arts, having published (and sometimes developed) critical and commercial successes such as Republic Commando and Knights of the Old Republic. Essentially, the new licensing agreement marks the end to their reign, with Disney closing down the company and all of its existing projects, including the anticipated Star Wars 1313.
It doesn’t come as much of a surprise to Star Wars fans, considering Disney‘s acquisition of the Star Wars film franchise almost this time last year.
John Pleasants, Co-President of Disney Interactive, believes the deal will bring great things to Disney as well as Star Wars fans:
“This agreement demonstrates our commitment to creating quality game experiences that drive the popularity of the Star Wars franchise for years to come. Collaborating with one of the world’s premier game developers will allow us to bring an amazing portfolio of new Star Wars titles to our fans around the world.”
EA Labels President Frank Gibeau sees it as a dream come true for the popular developing company, whilst also believing in its benefits towards a somewhat dedicated fan base:
“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.”
The license agreement doesn’t state any financial terms, only stating that it is a ‘multi-year’ agreement.