Dun-Dun-Dun-Dun-Duh-Duh: EA Gets Star Wars Exclusivity

By Nathan Grayson on May 7th, 2013 at 3:05 am.

I was actually John Madden all along.

The more disenfranchised portions of the peanut gallery have spent years calling EA an evil empire and claiming that it’s done every horrific act short of blowing up Alderaan with a Death Star, so this feels oddly fitting. It’s probably not the headline you were looking for, but it does not lie: EA has officially snapped up rights for all things Star Wars and videogame-y. DICE, Visceral, and BioWare will be doing development honors on various offshoots, apparently. So then, Battlefield: Star Wars – Old Knights Dying In Space (On Ice!) in 3… 2… 1…

Here’s the word from publisher itself:

“Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe. 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.”

As of now, EA’s not saying whether or not it’ll unfreeze LucasArts titles like Star Wars 1313 and Battlefront 3 pseudo-precursor Star Wars: First Assault from the agonizing carbonite that is studio closure. We can hope, of course, but I don’t plan on getting my hopes up.

Meanwhile, I’ve contacted Obsidian about its prospects with that Star Wars pitch I’m never gonna shut up about, so we’ll see. Again, fingers crossed, but EA already has The Old Republic to worry about on the role-playing front, and its EA Partners program is widely rumored to have been gobbled up by the layoff monster. So, perhaps not the best prognosis.

Still though, this is something, and things could certainly be far, far worse. At least Disney’s not putting all its chips on mobile/social like it once suggested it might. Now we just have to hope both the new movies and games are, you know, good, because – whether we like it or not – we’re going to be getting a whole, whole, whole lot more of them.

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229 Comments »

  1. Navagon says:

    So… far better games; just so long as you like everything you play being an “MMO”.

    Which I don’t.

    At all.

  2. Whosi says:

    I just wanted to say I have no opinion on this.

    You’re welcome.

  3. fco says:

    The three will combine to make a big first person RPG with er… a lot of limbs flying off at the swing of your lightsaber. And stormtroopers coming out of the vents.

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    FullMetalMonkey says:

    NOOOOOOOOOOoooooo………

  5. Lord Byte says:

    I just want a new Star Wars Rebellion (Supremacy). While flawed it had brilliant atmosphere, and stayed close to the original while still allowing some emergent moments (in a stupid move the emperor had captured my specialist vessel (Correlian corvette) crewed by none other then Luke, Han and Chewbacca that ran into a massive fleet. Their drives got disabled by the newest Tie fighter. A few days later I received messages from our spies on Coruscant that the fleet was inbound, in a hundred days. Queue a massive movement of every fighting vessel I could muster, leaving many systems undefended, and in a spectacular fight over Coruscant (that turned half of the local empire loyal systems suddenly neutral), we won and liberated them before they could be handed to the emperor. While a massive loss of men and ships on both sides, the victory turned the tide around towards the rebellion :)
    It was such a filmic event it’s still considered one of the best gaming moments I ever had, and there’s tons of those around in that game :)

  6. derbefrier says:

    hmm maybe with dice a Battlefront 3 is a possibility again?

    I know people hate EA but they do still put out a good game from time to time. Hopefully at least a couple of the star wars game will be decent.

  7. Jimbo says:

    They should let Obsidian make an infinity engine-ish Star Wars game.

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    Carra says:

    Republic Commando 2 please.

  9. El_Emmental says:

    Great.

    Who actually believe there’s still hope for Starwars movies ? Beside the ‘yoda backflip’ niche, very little people.

    But a few of us still had a little hope for the Starwars video games, thinking the latest ones were just… a few errors. That we could go back to the greatness of TIE Fighter and the like.

    Now, thanks to that news, and soon with the fantastic help of what EA will produce, we can all abandon the Starwars franchise for good, and focus on something else, something new, something different.

    I think it’s been a long time since we felt anything really thrilling regarding Starwars, it’s now only good for a joke (the Starwars Kinect dance is a funny game – for an hour or two), trying to drag it along thinking it will get better is fooling ourselves.

    It’s the kind of (cultural) relationship that needs to end: Starwars needs to be turned into the most mundane thing to finally fall into oblivion in peace (so common it’s not even limited to the faux-geek t-shirts – we need fratboy dudebros from 10 to 18 years old to play Starwars games, to sum up the Force to “Good guys with blue/green lightsabers vs Evil baddies with red lightsabers”, and make no-scope-720 videos with the one-hit-kill laser sniper rifle), we need to move on and not reminisce our past. It was great while it lasted, case closed.

  10. P.Funk says:

    Well there goes Obsidian’s KOTOR 3 pitch….

  11. ratache says:

    “Every developers dream..”, don’t bet on it.

  12. gfa80 says:

    Such a shame. After the SimCity disgrace it’s going to be years (if ever) before I give EA another penny.