EA to Develop New Star Wars Games with Frostbite 3 Engine

Right after Electronic Arts announced The Sims 4 for 2014, the company said it had entered into an agreement with The Walt Disney Company to produce new games based on the Star Wars universe. The company said that along with BioWare -- which is already developing for the franchise -- Battlefield series developer DICE and Dead Space series developer Visceral will create new titles as part of the agreement.

According to EA, the new wave will focus on the core gaming market and span multiple platforms including consoles, PCs, tablets, mobile and more. They will also be entirely original despite the movie-based subject matter, and use the Frostbite 3 development engine, guaranteeing "incredible graphic fidelity, environments and characters."

"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. The new experiences we create may borrow from films, but the games will be entirely original with all new stories and gameplay."

Disney's Lucasfilm arm also said via the Star Wars website on Monday that while EA will develop titles for the core gaming audience, Disney Interactive will focus on casual audiences for mobile, social, tablet, and online gaming platforms.

"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 fans around the world."

News of new Star Wars titles from EA and Disney Interactive arrives after Disney decided to cease developing Star Wars games via LucasArts and focus on licensing deals instead.

"After evaluating our position in the games market, we've decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company's risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games," Disney said. "As a result of this change, we've had layoffs across the organization. We are incredibly appreciative and proud of the talented teams who have been developing our new titles."

We expect to see and hear additional information about the upcoming games next month during E3 2013. Lucasfilm promised that more information, including titles in development, will be announced in the coming months, so stay tuned.

  • CarolKarine
    this seems to scream Battlefront 3 on frostbite 3. and we all know everyone wants this.
  • nevilence
    Wonder if the game will be playable at launch, would make for a change for EA
  • Abaddon
    It won't ever be playable by me if it's on Origin.
  • southernshark
    People who buy EA games deserve what they get.
  • w0_od
    the Dark Side will need micro transactions to fund your force powers..
  • shikamaru31789
    DICE on Battlefront 3, Visceral on 1313, and Bioware on a new singleplayer Star Wars RPG maybe? Not a huge fan of EA getting the rights since they'll probably DRM and milk it to hell, but I guess it's better than no new Star Wars games.
  • Shneiky
    A great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. ....
  • teknic111
    Give me X-Wing or give me nothing!
  • QEFX
    Darth Vader .. now more evil thanks to EA. Actually even Vader wouldn't support EA.
    Can you imagine the Death Star with EA's DRM and micro transactions?
    You can blow up a moon with the base package but you'll need to spend 400 more credits to blow up Alderaan, but only once we've released version 1.3 in 3 months time.
    Sorry, you cannot move the Death Star to another location, you'll need an additional Death Star license.
  • smokeybravo
    I don't care if they make another X-Wing vs Tie Fighter. I won't be buying another game tied to EA again.