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Looks like EA will develop and publish Star Wars games for the next few years

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Electronic Arts has snagged the exclusive license to create Star Wars games moving forward. The multi-year agreement, announced today, allows EA to develop and publish new Star Wars games for a "core gaming audience." Basically, this spans all interactive platforms and the most popular game genres -- think core gaming consoles. Disney, meanwhile, will retain "certain rights" to develop new titles within the "mobile, social, tablet and online game categories."

“This agreement demonstrates our commitment to creating quality game experiences that drive the popularity of the Star Wars franchise for years to come,” said John Pleasants, Co-President of Disney Interactive. “Collaborating with one of the world’s premier game developers will allow us to bring an amazing portfolio of new Star Wars titles to our fans around the world.”

“Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe,” said EA Labels President 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.”

How do you feel about EA controlling the future of Star Wars video games? More importantly, what does this mean for the future of previously announced games like Star Wars 1313 and Star Wars: First Assault.
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