EA is the home of Star Wars for the next ten years

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It’s a good time to be a Star Wars fan. Slave bikinis are back in fashion, a new trilogy of films are on the way and even though Lucasarts may be dead, (most) of the games from that galaxy far away certainly aren’t. EA is home to Star Wars games now. And they’re in it for the long run.

At the UBS Global Technology Conference (via AGB), EA CFO Blake Jorgenson spoke about how Disney approached EA to handle upcoming Star Wars games for them, which resulted in a ten year commitment.

“We had a long relationship obviously with Lucas on the original Star Wars and when Disney took over Lucas, they really wanted to maintain a video game business around Star Wars,” Jorgenson said.

And so they came to us because of our partnership and they knew that we could help them develop really great games and we struck what we believe is a fantastic deal which allows us to be able to build games in many different genres across multiple types of platforms over 10 years and we’ll leverage the strength of the Disney marketing associated with the Star Wars properties both in movies and other things that they may do over the timeframe.

We’ll try to align those with that marketing, power the Disney has so it will get aligned with timing around the movies, but it won’t necessarily be aligned with the movie.

And it looks like those future games will be taking some inspiration from the upcoming new trilogy of films, that has director J.J Abrams in charge of the first film. But not all games will be tied to past and present films, Jorgenson explained.

Yes, definitely very much – so, very much around the historical types of games as in play plus new games that we’re inventing around their content, around the broad Star Wars content, and around some of the new assets that they may produce over time as well.

I’m all for new games using the Star Wars universe as an inspiration. That’s pretty much how we got The Force Unleashed, one of my favourite games of this generation. While I’m sure the next Battlefield game will find an audience though, it’s not the Star Wars that I personally want.

Give me action, suspense and space battles with some new characters, and I’ll be plenty happy. Or just resurrect 1313 at least, dammit.

Last Updated: November 21, 2013

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