Original story: DICE and Visceral will create new Star Wars games as part of a deal between Electronic Arts and Disney. The two companies today announced a multi-year arrangement for the exclusive license to make Star Wars games for a "core gaming audience."
The projects will span platforms and genres, with Disney retaining rights to mobile, social, and certain online categories. Star Wars: The Old Republic is already an active collaboration between the two companies, and EA Labels President Frank Gibeau said gamers can expect plenty more.
“Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe,” Gibeau said in a press release. “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."
The news follows a month after Disney shuttered LucasArts, when it made clear its intentions to contract out game development for the beloved sci-fi series.
“This agreement demonstrates our commitment to creating quality game experiences that drive the popularity of the Star Wars franchise for years to come,” Disney Interactive co-president John Pleasants said. “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.”