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EA Gets Licence For Star Wars Games
Plus: Mark Hamill says some stuff

07 May 2013  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Hollywood Reporter / Ain't It Cool

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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

Those wondering what would happen to Star Wars' game series after Disney switched off the lights at LucasArts need ponder no longer. It's just been announced that Disney has inked a deal with Electronic Arts to take hold of the destiny of the long-ago-and-far-away franchise.

Specifically, this means three developers will be at work on whatever games accompany the cinematic Episode VII and its successors. Wielding the lightsabers and piloting the TIE-Fighters will be BioWare (Knights of the Old Republic), DICE (the Battlefield franchise) and Visceral (Dead Space).

EA currently runs the Old Republic MMORG, so their acquisition of the ongoing Star Wars gig comes as no great surprise. They're not, it's perhaps fair to say, the most beloved company among gamers, so it's unlikely that the announcement will cause many fans to break out the Membrosia. Still, Knights Of The Old Republic was great.

"Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe," said EA's Frank Gibeau. "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."

"Our number one objective was to find a developer who could consistently deliver our fans great Star Wars games for years to come," said LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy. "When we looked at the talent of the teams that EA was committing to our games and the quality of their vision for Star Wars, the choice was clear."

Meanwhile, over in the J. J. Abrams camp, Mark Hamill has been speaking about Episode VII again, this time following a screening of Return Of The Jedi in LA. He said that he's loves Michael Arndt's writing, which is great because a good script is the most important thing; that he hopes for a good balance between CGI and practical effects, which seems to be the plan from what he's heard; and that he fully expects the focus of the new trilogy to be on the next generation, "which is as it should be."

Head over to AICN for the full lowdown of the evening's Q&A. Quote of quotes: "From my perspective, [Episodes I-III] have a beginning, a middle and an end and take place before I was born, so I'm not required to know anything about them."


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RE: RE:
No, EA has got an EA-influenced Bioware on the job. KotOR being great is no consolation (at least to me) as Bioware made it sans-EA. If you've inferred an attempt on my part to be cleverer than the article's author, well, hey-ho. As conceded by your good self, however, I have a point - one I'll not retract however many times you may respond. More

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I understand your point but I think you're deliberately misreading for the sake of semantics that you think make you sound cleverer than the writers. They're saying that EA are unpopular, but that with the companies involved, maybe it'll turn out OK. It's irrelevant that KOTOR happened before EA's involvement, because EA have got Bioware on the job. As I said: could be clearer / not wrong. More

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"...They're (EA) not, it's perhaps fair to say, the most beloved company among gamers, so it's unlikely that the announcement will cause many fans to break out the Membrosia. Still, Knights Of The Old Republic was great." KotOR being great doesn't make the news any easier to swallow as EA played no part in the crafting of that game. Its acquisition of Bioware post-KotOR is irrelevant; Bioware made it without EA's input. Today Bioware has to contend with EA's input, thusly it wouldn't nece More

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Shrug/drink/smile all the evil is gone :) More

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KOTOR IS tedA, because Bioware made it and Bioware are now part of EA. How are you finding this difficult? More

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I wrote that the article tesh the crafting. Which it does. Which is wrong. All the best. More

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L: Litshttam The article wrongly associates EA with the crafting of the KotOR duology; "...Still, Knights Of The Old Republic was great." Both games existed before EA sunk its claws into Bioware, itself the crafter of only the first game (Obsidian made the sequel). o it doesn't. It clearly credits KOTOR to Bioware in the second paragraph before it mentions it again in the third. It's maybe slightly unclear if you're not reading it properly but its not wrong. More

Posted by Osric at 07:40 on 08 May 2013 | Report This Post

The article wrongly associates EA with the crafting of the KotOR duology; "...Still, Knights Of The Old Republic was great." Both games existed before EA sunk its claws into Bioware, itself the crafter of only the first game (Obsidian made the sequel). More

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L: Dave Oz Would it be terribly obvious if I said "Nooooooooo!..." eeeeessss i would be to obvious. No surprise at all sadly. JJ has a gaming and movie deal with valve. They could use that contact. But Valve doesnt have an asemblyline.. This is probably Disneys biggest mistake ...ever..... epic scale. More

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Would it be terribly obvious if I said "Nooooooooo!..." More

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