Electronic Arts, Disney reach licensing agreement on Star Wars properties

ea-logoIn a busy day for Electronic Arts, the Redwood Shores-based publisher announced today that they have entered a “multi-year, multi-title exclusive licensing agreement” with Disney and Lucasfilm to produce new Star Wars titles for PC, consoles, mobile devices, and tablets.

In addition to BioWare, already involved in Star Wars materials with their free-to-play MMO The Old Republic, EA developers DICE (Battlefield 3) and Visceral (Dead Space 3) will be developing “all-new gaming experiences set in the ever-expanding Star Wars galaxy” according to a press release from StarWars.com.

EA’s press release notes that “Disney will retain certain rights to develop new titles within the mobile, social, tablet and online game categories,” while their studios will handle “new Star Wars titles for a core gaming audience, spanning all interactive platforms and the most popular game genres.”

This announcement comes just a month after Disney, which purchased Lucasfilm, Ltd. from founder and owner George Lucas last year for $4.04 billion, closed and cancelled internal game development at LucasArts.

EA also announced that the next installment of their popular Sims franchise, The Sims 4, will be released on PC in 2014, and unlike Maxis’s current release SimCity, will not require an always-online connection to play.

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