Disney have bestowed upon Electronic Arts the exclusive rights to the Star Wars license. For the next several years, Electronic Arts and its studios including BioWare, DICE and Visceral Games will be making Star Wars games. All three studios are also making these games with the Frostbite 3 engine.
I immediately thought of Star Wars: Battlefront III being helmed by DICE. I can also see Star Wars 1313 or something similar coming from Visceral Games. I see a legitimate KOTOR 3 coming from BioWare as well.
Then my mind began to wander and I started pairing EA studios like Criterion a sequel to Star Wars: Episode I – Racer. How about Maxis creating a Star Wars themed Sims game? A new Star Wars RTS by Victory Games?
Say what you will about Electronic Arts but I can see why Disney chose them; they have the resources to span across multiple genres and platforms. For Disney, this means they don’t have to manage relationships with a list of developers and publishers — it’s just one point of contact for all things Star Wars.
Will this pan out? Not every title will set the world ablaze but that wasn’t the case before this exclusivity deal, so I don’t see this a bad thing at all.