EA is now the home of Star Wars

UNLIMITED SEQUELS!

It has not been a good time to be a fan of Star Wars video games. The last really decent title in the franchise, The Force Unleashed was released way back in 2008, before everything starting smelling like Bantha poodoo. And then the new owners of Lucasarts, Disney, decided to make the game division of that company one with the Force. So are Star Wars games dead? Nope! They’ve got a new home now, with the EA Empire.

Electronic Arts has managed to snag a hell of an exclusive, as the home of annual football (American and European) will now be developing and publishing games set in a galaxy far, far away for Disney. Current EA studios DICE (Battlefield) and Visceral (Dead Space) will be in charge of new entries for the franchise, while Bioware will continue in some capacity as well.

While EA will be making games for the “core gaming audience” according to Kotaku, Disney will instead work on creating new mobile and social game experiences using that license to print money.

“This agreement demonstrates our commitment to creating quality game experiences that drive the popularity of the Star Wars franchise for years to come,” Disney co-president John Pleasants said in a statement.

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.

“Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe,” said EA Labels president Frank Gibeau in a statement. “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.”

And you know what? This makes me happy. What this deal means, is that there will be more Star Wars games in the future at least. And they won’t be handled by Disney directly, because when it comes to game development, I’d rather eat my own face than play one of their games again.

Sure, there’s going to be some criticism towards the always-online practices of this publisher, or the need for sequels, but dammit…I’m just happy that the franchise is finally being thawed out of carbonite for this next step in the saga.

At this point, I wouldn’t be too surprised to see a new Knights of the Old Republic emerge, or the revival of Star Wars Battlefront 3 with DICE behind the wheels of that land-speeder. As for those other Lucasarts properties, such as Indiana Jones and Grim Fandango? Don’t expect to see an EA label on them anytime soon. The deal signed is for Star Wars games only.

What’s your opinion on this then? A smart move, or does the dark side of game development cloud your vision of the future? And will it be as good as Aussie Star Wars?

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Author:Darryn Bonthuys

Because he's the writer that Lazygamer deserves, but not the one it actually needs right now. So we'll hunt him. Because he can't take it. Because he's not a hero. He's a loud-mouthed journalist, a watchful procrastinator. A dork knight.
  • AndriyP

    LOL unlimited sequels

    • loftie

      and DLC’s, and DRM’s, and bug’s.

      It’s all about the money, money, money,
      We just want your money, money, money.
      We just wanna make the moooney,
      Forget about the price tag.
      Ain’t about the (ha!) ca-clients ca-clients.
      Ain’t about the (yeah!) ba-bling ba-bling,
      Wanna make the moooney,
      Forget about the price tag.

    • Johan Fourie

      Such a sad state of affairs, but fret not! I come with a humble gift to ease the pain.

      http://www.microsoft.com/southafrica/ie10/

      • http://twitter.com/EmperorMarx Marc O Polo

        i would rather pay for my own pizza’s thanks!!!

  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    I’m just terrified that it’s in EA’s hands. They have a lot of experience behind them but their recent performance has left a lot to be desired. Specifically the fact that they love to give their consumers the finger. Now I have to deal with that in my Star Wars games as well?

    I am in 2 minds here. Very happy that there will be more games…. Very scared that they will simply be cash cows for EA and nothing more :(

    • Brady miaau

      You mean like COD, but just changing the skins and background?

      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        Well, if by COD you mean yearly releases then yes. I am terrified it will just become a yearly copy/paste thing.

        Look, I can imagine Star Wars looking great in the Frostbite engine. But I don’t want generic shooters only. I really hope they can do some other things like a new KOTOR or even a new Pod Racing game.

        What I don’t want is a yearly Star Wars shooter. It would kill the games for me.

        • Deon Steyn

          Rockstar does it right. They develop a fresh game(even though GTA still has the same formula) every time which takes longer to make but they reap the rewards.

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            Indeed

          • Ultimo_Cleric_N7

            The Dark Side has indeed won this day….

        • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.holliday.39 Matthew Holliday

          Doubtfull there will be yearly releases from the same IPs, but you can expect more red blue and green type endings.
          brace yourself for fantastic games, with heinous drawbacks.
          pretty keen for some frostbite battlefront though

        • Admiral Chief Achievement

          New KOTOR, I’m right there with you buddy.

          New Republic Commando too pleeeeeeze

          • Brady miaau

            New SINGLE PLAYER KOTOR, yeah baby (thanks OVG)

          • Admiral Chief Achievement

            Yebo, one that is completed, not half asses (yeah looking at you, K2!)

        • Brady miaau

          Yeah, pretty much what I meant

    • Trevor Davies

      Prepare for super-premium pricing.

      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        GAH! Don’t say that!

    • http://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX umar bastra

      Hello Itachi-Sama

      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        Lol. Hi

        • http://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX umar bastra

          How’s your eye doing? has the bleeding stopped? I know during cold weather your eye starts acting up … well hope you are in good spirits and hope your brother stops acting like a douche bag :)

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            Yeah, it’s alright. Had to fend off one of my own crows. They sometimes get besides themselves and go for the eyes. But it’s all good.

            Yeah, my brother is a little spoilt. I blame myself for always being there for him early in life and not letting him learn for himself

          • http://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX umar bastra

            Damn crows. Well at least you made for it by having him hate you. He seems much stronger. but still a bit whiny, well good luck with Sasuke-kun. hope you guys find love again :p

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            Thanks. Let’s hope that happens before this summoning Jutsu wears off

  • Deon Steyn

    Introducing light sabers with batteries, only 0.99c to replace the used ones. Battlefront combined with Battlefield seems promising. Might even be crazy enough to work.

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      You see this is another thing that scares me. EA is dead set that their games will have microtransactions. I don’t want my SW games to have MT’s :(

      • Deon Steyn

        Nobody want’s it yet people still but it :(

        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          Le Sigh (@rincethis:disqus gimme le sigh!)

      • Admiral Chief Achievement

        $9.99 to BUY force powers

        O_O

        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          Don’t even joke

          • Admiral Chief Achievement

            Yousa spenda $9.99 to maka mesa go away!

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            *puts fist through screen*

          • Admiral Chief Achievement

            Mesa thinka yousa need new screen
            $9.99 to make mesa get yousa one

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            Rage! *Throw PC out of window*

          • Admiral Chief Achievement

            Hey yousa, for $9.99 mesa finda yousa a new window. And mesa finda yousa a new boxie doohickiesa

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            *dies*

          • Admiral Chief Achievement

            Yousa needa funeral thingsa? $9.99 and mesa do it for yousa

    • http://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX umar bastra

      BattleFront on FrostByte would be stellar actually

      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        Yes it would. Minus the microtransactions and pay-to-win

        • http://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX umar bastra

          Indeed….let us pray and hope the micro transactions go away

          • Admiral Chief Achievement

            I’ve heard that micro transactions don’t exist, but only a long time ago, in a galaxy far far away

    • Lourens Jordaan

      I’m with you there. DICE can bring something awesome to the table. At least its not a kiddies table. EA might release mediocre games but luckily its out of the hands of an obnoxious talking mouse and a duck with a speech impediment.

      • Deon Steyn

        Hehe I always kinda thought Donald had tourette’s syndrome.

  • http://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX umar bastra

    Ea will give a literal meaning to

    Star Wars: Attack of the CLONES

    • Admiral Chief Achievement

      Oh you clever man you!

  • Sargon

    EA do not exist. EA do not exist. EA do not exist.
    *opens eyes*

    Damnit!?#@#! It didn’t work. This article is still here.

  • Rince da Ref Lvl2

    So… Always online microtransactions to keep your lightsaber standing, err, erect?

    • Lourens Jordaan

      I see your swartch is as big as mine, let’s see how you handle it.

      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        “We’ve been jammed sir!”

        “Rasberry! Lonestar!”

        • Lourens Jordaan

          I said fire a shot across her nose not up it!

      • Rince da Ref Lvl2

        Hahaha!

    • Unavengedavo

      Nope, all you need is a storm trooper :P

      • Rince da Ref Lvl2

        yeah, but you have to pay for those extra oranges…

        • Unavengedavo

          And the hand sanitiser is part of DLC?

  • Trevor Davies

    I wonder how long it will take before EA start announcing development of new Star Wars titles. It’s one of those situations where you hope for the best but expect the worst.

  • Gremoire

    Oh, shit. There goes the planet, umm… I mean galaxy, far, far away

  • Skoobaz

    “Comb The Desert!” ( for moar cashhhh! )

  • Michael Lewis

    We need some 1313 up in this beeyotch!

    • Admiral Chief Achievement

      WOOOOT

  • OVG OfflineVideoGamer

    Star Wars SUCKS!!!
    Star Trek is for WINNERS!!!

    • Trevor Davies

      Get back under your bridge or be burnt with fire!

      • OVG OfflineVideoGamer

        Shields up Mr Sulu!!!

        We have an orphaned franchise that is about to have all organs and limbs sold on the black market via Micro Transactions ON OUR STARBOARD!!!

        Or is that a dying star?… of death… with Mickey Mouse ears?… FIRE!!!

        • Trevor Davies

          You can only fire if you’re online!

          • OVG OfflineVideoGamer

            ;)

  • Jonah Cash

    Sooooooo: A Star wars game every 11 months or so????? With new light saber movement steady control and better feet representation in the second instalment????

  • http://www.facebook.com/kyle.heather.7 Kyle

    I can’t wait to have to buy a season pass to use a lightsaber in-game. or pay micro-transactions for every tiny bit of extra content. My wallet was getting a little heavy, and this is exactly what I need.

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