According to EA’s Blake Jorgensen, the deal struck earlier this year between Disney and EA will last up to ten years.
EA is also emphasising, however, that the games it will create with the Star Wars licence will not be tie-in games for Episode VII or any of its sequels. This does not mean there will be no material borrowed from J.J. Abrams and his new films, but will rather focus on other, new characters and stories in the same universe.
Jorgensen notes that EA will produce “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… The beauty of the Star Wars franchise is that it’s so broad and so deep, you don’t have to do a movie game, you can do a game that’s very focused on the world that’s been created around Star Wars“.
This is pleasantly surprising news for many that were suspicious of EA’s involvement with Star Wars games. In addition to the comment that games such as Battlefront won’t be reworked clones of Battlefield, there is growing optimism within me that EA’s Star Wars games will be incredible, especially with studios such as BioWare having access to the licence.
PS: KotOR III had better be a thing, BioWare.