It’s still too early to make a call on whether the Disney purchase of Lucasfilm will eventually prove to be a good or bad thing in the long run. Unfortunately, gamers felt a great disturbance in the Force last month when Disney closed the doors on LucasArts and cancelled all its current projects, including the intriguing Star Wars 1313. Now we’ve heard the first details that hint at what the future of Star Wars games will look like. Disney has signed a multi-year deal with Electronic Arts, allowing EA to “develop and publish new Star Wars titles for a core gaming audience, spanning all interactive platforms and the most popular game genres.”
The press release notes that Disney will still be handling development of any games for the mobile/tablet market, which fits with what little they had said about the future of Star Wars gaming prior to the LucasArts dismantling. EA already had a toe in the Star Wars universe courtesy of BioWare’s Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO, which went free-to-play last November. The press release notes that BioWare will continue developing future Star Wars projects, but now DICE (the Battlefield series) and Visceral (Dead Space) will also be developing new Star Wars games.
It’s worth noting that the press release says these future Star Wars games “may borrow from films, but the games will be entirely original with all new stories and gameplay.” So it sounds like we won’t just be getting a string of crappy movie tie-ins, which is good news.