DICE and Visceral developing new Star Wars games, EA becomes exclusive publisher of license

"Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe," EA Labels president Frank Gibeau said in the announcement. "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."

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Months after acquiring Lucasfilm, Disney shuttered its games division, LucasArts. Since then, fans have wondered: what will happen to Star Wars games? Surprisingly, they won't be published by Disney Interactive. Instead, Electronic Arts has announced a "multi-year exclusive licensing agreement to develop and publish globally new games based on Star Wars characters and storylines."

According to the press release, "EA will develop and publish new Star Wars titles for a core gaming audience, spanning all interactive platforms and the most popular game genres, while Disney will retain certain rights to develop new titles within the mobile, social, tablet and online game categories." These social games could be extensions of the unannounced games that LucasArts was working on before its closure.

This isn't EA's first foray with the Star Wars franchise, of course. It launched Star Wars: The Old Republic--an ambitious MMORPG that later had to go free-to-play as subscriber numbers dwindled. What is surprising is that EA says its top studios will work on new games based on the Star Wars universe. "Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe," EA Labels president Frank Gibeau said in the announcement. "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."

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    May 6, 2013 1:15 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, DICE and Visceral developing new Star Wars games, EA becomes exclusive publisher of license.

    "Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe," EA Labels president Frank Gibeau said in the announcement. "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."

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      May 6, 2013 1:17 PM

      StarWarsCraft?

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        May 6, 2013 1:21 PM

        Ok, I was trying to be funny, but seriously, Battlefront 3 from DICE, please.

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      May 6, 2013 1:22 PM

      KOTOR 3 pls.
      Also Battlefront 3 on BF4 tech.

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      May 6, 2013 1:22 PM

      Star Wars Battlefront in Frostbite 3 engine?? YES PLEASE!

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      May 6, 2013 1:26 PM

      So tell us what is happening with 1313.

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      May 6, 2013 1:28 PM

      This is literally my childhood developer dream come true and it's finally come true.

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      May 6, 2013 1:37 PM

      Ralisport Star Wars!

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      May 6, 2013 1:41 PM

      I'm interested to see what the deadspace team can do with the Star Wars license. Now to wait until next year for them to show it off.

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      May 6, 2013 1:46 PM

      Hand the SW license over to the team that made the ME series and we're in business. Can you imagine a SW RPG with the type of character interaction and depth of the ME games? http://i.imgur.com/zm6Kr.gif

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        May 6, 2013 1:49 PM

        It's easy to imagine because Knights of the Old Republic already exists.

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          May 6, 2013 2:46 PM

          I mean a fucking single player game not an MMO!

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            May 6, 2013 2:55 PM

            It's not an mmo

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            May 6, 2013 2:59 PM

            *facepalm*

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            May 6, 2013 3:08 PM

            BioWare made both the original 'Knights of the Old Republic' and 'The Old Republic'. BioWare did KOTOR a single player based Star Wars game prior to Mass Effect which itself was similar to KOTOR.

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            May 6, 2013 3:28 PM

            Dude you have some homework to do

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            May 6, 2013 3:37 PM

            lol

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            May 6, 2013 3:43 PM

            DEPR

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            May 6, 2013 3:51 PM

            Knights of the Old Republic

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            May 6, 2013 3:53 PM

            THIS IS WHY I CRY MYSELF TO SLEEP

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            May 6, 2013 4:12 PM

            We are all laughing at you.

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            May 6, 2013 4:17 PM

            It is funny, but his cluelessness means he could play the game he was only imagining right now: http://store.steampowered.com/app/32370/

            Pretty lucky!

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              May 6, 2013 5:24 PM

              Well if you guys are done dog piling me, let me once again clarify what I meant. I mean a proper KotoR sequal. AKA a REAL KotoR 3 and not an mmo. Yes, I know Bioware made the first KotoR. Yes, I have played it. I know the joy of forcing Zaalbar to kill Mission and watching Karth run away like a bitch. Jeez you guys.

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                May 6, 2013 5:46 PM

                Spoilers

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                May 6, 2013 5:51 PM

                The only reason people dog-piled you was your aggressive response to pyide which implied you believed Knights of the Old Republic was an MMO. You made no mention of a sequel so nobody could take that as your meaning. After your current clarification then yes a new KOTOR sequel with updated character interaction is a great idea.

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                May 6, 2013 9:39 PM

                You have broken the Hypocratic oath good sir!

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            May 6, 2013 11:28 PM

            Jesus fucking christ.
            Though the seriously mistaken man is right in a way. We DO need a proper fucking KOTOR 3. I was so pissed when they decided to make a fucking MMO.

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        May 6, 2013 1:54 PM

        Are you being ironic? It's called Knights of the Old Republic, where the shit did you think ME came from?

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        May 6, 2013 2:05 PM

        This needs a lol & wtf

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        May 6, 2013 2:08 PM

        Obviously your MD is not in video games.

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        May 6, 2013 3:29 PM

        I hope that's the type of thing that would make your head explode

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        May 6, 2013 4:07 PM

        The game you described already exists! And even better because I trust 2003 bioware more than 2013 bioware.

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        May 6, 2013 6:21 PM

        kotor > ME by 100000x approximately simplye because it had actual gameplay to go along with the story. i would rather they just leave kotor alone and make a new SW RPG so i dont have to rage about it.

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      May 6, 2013 1:46 PM

      check this out! http://www.swbattlecry.com/ Far Cry SW mod.

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      May 6, 2013 1:55 PM

      EA, you like money, right? You want money? Crank out KOTORs. constantly. I will buy them.

      KOTORs need to be released like madden or NHL or sims DLC.... ALL THE TIME WITHOUT FAIL

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        May 6, 2013 3:22 PM

        Shit, just cut down SWTOR into six games without the grind and I'd pay for them.

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      May 6, 2013 2:03 PM

      I'd like to see some new *good* Star Wars games... but if they are exclusive to Origin on the PC, I'll never buy them.

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        May 6, 2013 2:16 PM

        If the games are good, that's a terrible reason to miss out on them.

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          May 6, 2013 2:39 PM

          I have some reasons to distrust EA, so I'd never purchase a game via their online-marketplace. If the games have good word of mouth, I'd probably borrow them from a friend for a console system.

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            May 6, 2013 6:36 PM

            So what you're saying is you're not really a lost sale because you wouldn't purchase it anyway?

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              May 6, 2013 6:52 PM

              I bought Mass Effect 2 and Dead Space 1/2 on Steam, but not Mass Effect 3 or Dead Space 3 because of the terrible service I received back when Origin was called EA Downloader. Back then, I bought some DLC, kept the installers since they made it clear they wanted more money to be able to download again beyond a few months... but then they stopped the service that validated the keys for those installers and customer service either couldn't or wouldn't help.

              Because of that, I don't have faith in buying anything that requires any EA digital storefront.

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                May 11, 2013 4:25 PM

                EA/Origin has come a long way from EA D. Actually Origin has proved to be quite serviceable.

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        May 6, 2013 4:10 PM

        Its time to let go of the Origin hate.

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        May 6, 2013 5:51 PM

        Lol...

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        May 6, 2013 6:38 PM

        yeah you do that, and we'll enjoy playing the shit outta those games.

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        May 6, 2013 6:55 PM

        Nice seeing you!

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        May 6, 2013 9:20 PM

        You're stuck with Origin, just like how we're still stuck with Steam. Get over it.

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      May 6, 2013 2:31 PM

      A new Jedi Knight game is sorely needed, Kyle Katarn needs a comeback.

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      May 6, 2013 2:38 PM

      I am prepared for Need For Lightspeed.

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      May 6, 2013 3:12 PM

      I'm sure others have said it already, but I'm guessing this means Wii U will never get any Star Wars games.

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      May 6, 2013 4:10 PM

      It's Disney and EA... Is anyone else afraid they'll just make some stupid fucking FPS? I mean okay, that would be AWESOME but at the same time ugh

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        May 6, 2013 5:21 PM

        Call of the Force and Gears of Rebellion?

        Yeah, I think EA will feel like they can finally topple or at least come close to Call of Duty, dump even more money than usual into mediocre samey-same shooting mans games dressed up in Star Wars garb and will likely fall flat on their faces doing so.

        I would like it were they to prove me wrong.

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      May 6, 2013 6:18 PM

      JEDI JEDI JEDI.
      The force is with you, the force is not with you. SO MUCH FUN

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      May 6, 2013 6:41 PM

      Pretty sure this is going to be bad. :(

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      May 6, 2013 9:12 PM

      What about dancing? Will there be dancing?!

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      May 6, 2013 9:52 PM

      godddd. who needs another bf2142 when we can have a star wars battlefield. im stiff

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      May 6, 2013 10:33 PM

      sup gydot

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      May 6, 2013 10:51 PM

      I'm just glad there will be more core games with the Star Wars ip. They may suck but at least they won't be nothing but a see of iOS freeium games.

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        May 6, 2013 11:17 PM

        Because EA shuttered all their non-Popcap mobile/social/2D/non-blockbuster game studios?

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          May 7, 2013 5:30 AM

          I'm sure there are going to be iOS games. I was just concerned that was all disney was going to allow.

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      May 6, 2013 11:40 PM

      More Jedi Knight plz

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      May 7, 2013 12:23 AM

      Does this mean they can release the back catalog on GOG finally? I am ready to hop back into my TIE Interceptor

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      May 7, 2013 2:58 AM

      Star Wars in every EA game. Madden who ? STAR WARS FOOTBALL !

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      May 7, 2013 3:01 AM

      New SP KotOR with ME production values... yeah.... yeah, I'd like that. I'd like that a lot.

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      May 7, 2013 3:07 AM

      Thank god it's not gearbox

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      May 7, 2013 5:39 AM

      Will one of them rescue 1313 from limbo?

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      May 9, 2013 7:03 AM

      This just in - EA has dropped all light-saber licenses. "They're simply too violent," stated an EA spokesperson.

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