Looks like we'll get some Star Wars games after all (& hopefully good ones):
Disney, EA strike deal on 'Star Wars' video games
Brett Molina, USA TODAY6:23 p.m. EDT May 6, 2013
Never underestimate the power of the Force.
Disney has announced a multi-year deal with Electronic Arts that grants the video game publisher rights to develop and publish video games based on the classic science-fiction franchise Star Wars. Financial terms were not disclosed.
EA would have rights to develop Star Wars titles for a "core gaming audience" across all interactive platforms, says a joint statement from both companies. Disney would retain the right to create certain games for mobile, social, tablet and online.
"Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe," says Frank Gibeau, president of EA Labels, in a statement.
Gibeau says studios DICE (Battlefield), Visceral Games (Dead Space) and BioWare (Mass Effect) will all develop Star Wars titles. BioWare already has experience with the Star Wars universe through massively multiplayer online titles such as Knights of the Old Republic and The Old Republic.
"The new experiences we create may borrow from films, but the games will be entirely original with all new stories and gameplay," says Gibeau.
The announcement comes one month after Disney shut down longtime studio LucasArts in favor of a licensing model involving Star Wars and other properties.
Several projects, including the action title Star Wars 1313, had been halted, according to a LucasFilm representative.
I want the 2014 version of Super Star Wars on the SNES. Basically, recreate A New Hope in video game form. Make it similar to an Uncharted or Tomb Raider type game. Of course, have to have all the various driving sequences. The landspeeder, millennium falcon, etc, etc..
Be sure to tune into EA's E3 press Conference on June 10th if you want to see what EA has planned for their new acquisition of the Star Wars License:
EA's Next-Gen E3 Event Includes Revealing its Star Wars Plans
Written Wednesday, May 22, 2013 By Richard Walker
Electronic Arts has revealed that its E3 briefing will include a look at its plans for the Star Wars license, which it will be developing games for in partnership with Disney.
"Our E3 briefing “The Download: EA 2013 Preview” will be a showcase of next-generation games like Battlefield 4, Need for Speed, a full range of EA Sports games and a first look at our plans for the Star Wars partnership with Disney," reads an update from EA Labels President, Frank Gibeau.
Many we're sure are hoping that DICE will be taking the reins on a Star Wars: Battlefront game. It would just be the right thing to do. Make it happen, EA!
We'll find out more in a few weeks when EA's E3 presser kicks off on June 10th.