It is official. Electronic Arts will be the exclusive provider of games based on the Star Wars series, Disney and the game developer announced jointly today.
Disney, which has its own interactive games division, last month shut the 30-year-old LucasArts games studio it inherited with the acquisition to focus on licensing its “Star Wars” brand externally. Now Electronic Arts will be the only publisher creating Star Wars games for a “core gaming audience,” according to today’s press release. Electronic Arts said that its in-house game teams DICE (Battlefield) and Visceral (Dead Space) will work on Star Wars titles, in addition to BioWare, the team behind EA’s existing Star Wars MMO The Old Republic.
Meanwhile, Disney will retain certain rights to develop new titles within the mobile, social, tablet and online game categories. “Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe,” said EA Labels President Frank Gibeau. But they can only do that if they go to work at Electronic Arts.