The Walt Disney Company and developer Electronic Arts
on Monday announced a new multi-year exclusive licensing agreement to develop and publish globally new games based on Star Wars
characters and storylines for the "core gamer audience." Under the agreement, EA will develop and publish new Star Wars
titles, spanning all 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.
"This agreement demonstrates our commitment to creating quality game experiences that drive the popularity of the Star Wars
franchise for years to come," said John Pleasants, Co-President of Disney Interactive. "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. "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."
No terms of the deal, or upcoming titles, have been announced. Developer house DICE is known for the Battlefield
series of first-person shooters and futuristic parkour title Mirror's Edge
. Visceral is most recently associated with survival horror series Dead Space
, and the newest Army of Two
co-operative shooter. Electronic Arts and BioWare partnered for the massively online roleplaying game Star Wars: The Old Republic