Exclusive Star Wars gaming rights acquired by EA

It feels like just yesterday that gamers were clamouring for more Star Wars games – and today, the universe has delivered. The Walt Disney Company and Electronic Arts have announced a new, multi-year deal that sees the publisher granted exclusive rights to create games based on the franchise.

The news comes after Disney‘s decision to close Lucasarts, the traditional gaming home of all things from a galaxy far, far away.

[img_big]center,9613,2012-08-15/sw1313_gamescom_screenshot-8.jpg,The probably-cancelled Star Wars 1313[/img_big]

The deal sees EA handling “all interactive platforms” and “the most popular game genres”, while Disney retains the right to create games within the mobile, social, tablet and online game categories.

John Pleasants, Co-President of Disney Interactive explains:

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.

No new titles accompanied the announcement, but EA did confirm just which studios would help create the impending epic adventures. Keep an eye out for games from both DICE and Visceral Games, as well as more from BioWare.

Frank Gibeau, President of EA Labels explains:

The new experiences we create may borrow from films, but the games will be entirely original with all new stories and gameplay.

…while nothing has been said explicitly about the award-wining LEGO Star Wars franchise, it’s believed that EA‘s specification that it will make games for a “core gaming audience” won’t rule that out.

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