EA Secure Exclusive Star Wars Publishing Rights
I’ve hated on Disney a lot lately, mainly because of they way they’re seemingly butchering the Star Wars franchise. Not only do we have new movies that no one is exactly sure about, Disney also decided to shut down LucusArts recently, and cancel all the projects they’ve been working on. My rage was further fuelled yesterday by news that Disney had made a deal with EA to publish core Star Wars titles in the near future.
I was angry, because you know EA is the devil and all that jazz. But that was before I realized one important fact about this deal; BioWare now had the chance to work on a Star Wars title again. My anger then turned to joy when it was announced that BioWare is actually busy developing a Star Wars title for release soon.
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During the reveal of the publishing deal, EA also announced three studios who are already working on three separate Star Wars titles. EA Labels president Frank Gibeau revealed each of the studios, and commented on the vision they each had for their games.
“Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe. 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.”
In a separate post, Gibeau also confirmed that these three new titles would be running on the new Frostbite 3 engine, meaning we can probably look forward to some visually stunning Star Wars games.
What does this mean for fans? Well when you look at developers DICE and Visceral it’s a bit hard to imagine what types of Star Wars titles they have in mind, with both developers only really having good experience with first and third person shooters (Dead Space is a fucking shooter, deal with it). However, BioWare is certainly the more interesting developer choice, and one that fans will be looking to for some incredible titles. BioWare may be credited with creating the rather bland Star Wars MMO, The Old Republic, but they also created the stellar Knights of the Old Republic franchise nearly over a decade ago.
So, basically what I’m trying to say is, we want Knights of the Old Republic III Now BioWare.