Last year there was a small deal between LucasFilm and Disney over the Star Wars franchise, and it ended with Walt Disney Company buying the super-franchise. Wasn’t very well covered, this could be the first you’re hearing about it.
At the time of acquisition, LucasArts, the gaming side of George Lucas’ empire had games in development and there was concern with many as to what would happen to these games. Mainly Star Wars 1313. It has been revealed over the May the 4th be with you weekend that EA have obtained the rights to the games. EA have already played a role in some previous Star Wars games, divisions such as BioWare have developed both Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Star Wars: The Old Republic. So it’s not like they don’t have some previous knowledge of the franchise, but EA. Is that a good thing?
“While we don’t have any details to share today on specific titles, our development teams are already brimming with design ideas,” said EA Labels President Frank Gibeau. “The EA Studios that will develop these games are some of the most innovative and popular creative teams in the world, and include DICE and Visceral, in addition to the BioWare team, which is already developing for the Star Wars franchise.”
Disney will also play a role in the gaming side of things, said to have retained rights on mobile, social, tablet and online games.
What are your thoughts on the recent events? Are EA the right people for the job, do they have enough previous experience to live up to expectations? Let me know in the comments below.