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Electronic Arts has had the rights to work with Star Wars for the past several years. The studio’s releases based on the popular franchise have had their ups and downs, so some fans are wondering what would happen if the series were in the hands of other developers.
This will become a reality in the coming years, as today it was confirmed that Ubisoft and Massive Entertainment are preparing a new game in the saga. Given the news, many have the doubt whether Electronic Arts will continue working with the saga or if its exclusivity agreement will end soon.
To resolve this question, Lucasfilm Games spoke about it in a publication focused on the future of Star Wars video games. It explains what will happen with the relationship between the saga and Electronic Arts.
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Electronic Arts already has several Star Wars projects underway
Contrary to what was thought, Electronic Arts will continue to work with Star Wars in the short and long term. This was confirmed by Lucasfilm Games, who revealed that the developer already has several projects in the saga underway.
The company highlighted EA’s work and stated that “it will play a very important role in the future of Star Wars games.” Douglas Reilly, vice president of Lucasfilm Games also stated that they will work hard to deliver quality titles to fans.
“We are very proud of the games we have created with EA. We will continue to work with them and our relationship has never been stronger. While we may not have many details to share at this time, we have several projects underway with the talented teams. of EA “, affirmed the manager.
✅ We love Star Wars.
✅ We look forward to continuing our partnership with Lucasfilm Games.
✅ We’re making more Star Wars games.
✅ BD-1 is still the cutest.
– Electronic Arts (@EA) January 13, 2021
EA and Star Wars exclusivity agreement would not be renewed
For his part, Jason Schreier, a Bloomberg reporter, said that the exclusivity agreement with Electronic Arts will not be renewed after 2023. He believes this is good news for gamers and even for the studio.
Likewise, Schreier recalled that Electronic Arts released 4 games of the series in recent years, but canceled 3 projects, so the balance is not very positive. In short, Electronic Arts will continue to work with the franchise, but it will not be the only studio that will be able to do so.
“With today’s news that Ubisoft Massive is making a Star Wars game, it is official that EA’s exclusivity agreement will not be renewed after 2023. Good news for Star Wars fans and probably even EA, whose leaders current leaders inherited a license agreement they never wanted, “said Schreier.
Thus, it seems that Lucasfilm Games will close deals with several developers to further expand the presence of Star Wars in the video game industry. For now we only know that there are already several projects in development, so we must be patient to learn more about them.
In the eight years since EA signed the deal, the publisher has released four games (two Battlefronts, Jedi Fallen Order, Squadrons) and canceled at least three (Ragtag, Orca, Viking). Don’t think that’s quite the decade Frank Gibeau was hoping for
– Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) January 13, 2021
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