After snatching up the Star Wars franchise, Disney didn’t waste much time shutting down Lucas’ old animation and videogame development divisions. Now we at least know what they’re doing on the gaming front.
The company announced a partnership with Electronic Arts today, which includes an “exclusive deal” for the company to develop and publish a new series of Star Wars games.
They weren’t giving out any specifics, but went on to say they want to release products in "all interactive platforms and the most popular game genres." But Disney will also retain the rights to do some of their own games in the social and mobile areas. This is a pretty big shift from the way Lucasfilm handled videogames, with many being developed in-house, though some have been contracted out to other developers.
What does all that mean? Probably that they’re planning an onslaught of mobile, PC and console games — in whatever genres they think will make the most money on each platform. Most likely we’ll see “major” releases to coincide with the new films, as well as smaller-focused games spread out to various media.
As for the elephant in the room, aka that awesome, Boba Fett-starring Star Wars 1313 game stuck in development hell? No word yet on the game’s fate, which is reportedly pretty far along in the development process from the Lucas era. Disney officials told CNET any decision about pre-existing games would have to be made by Disney, EA and Lucasfilm.
So it’s not over. Yet. Just keep those fingers crossed.