As you probably have heard a bazillion times by now, J.J. Abrams will be bringing a new trilogy of Star Wars sequels to movie theaters in the next few years, all under the financial guidance of Disney, and supposedly freed from the shackles of George Lucas’s addled brains. Furthermore, Electronic Arts has a ten-year licensing deal to make games based on Star Wars. But news came out today via a post on CVG—which cites a transcript at SeekingAlpha—that EA may not be making games based on those new movies. Bwuh?
EA CFO Blake Jorgensen spoke at the UBS Global Technology Conference yesterday and explained the decision thusly:
“We’ve done movie games over the years and we wanted to make sure that we weren’t doing a movie game, i.e., game based on the movie. The beauty of the Star Wars franchise is that it’s so broad and so deep, you don’t have to do a movie game, you can do a game that’s very focused on the world that’s been created around Star Wars.
We struck what we believe is a fantastic deal which allows us to be able to build games in many different genres across multiple types of platforms over ten years and we’ll leverage the strength of the Disney marketing associated with the Star Wars properties both in movies and other things that they may do over the timeframe.
“We’ll try to align those with that marketing power Disney has so it will get aligned with timing around the movies, but it won’t necessarily be aligned with the movie.”
Furthermore, Jorgensen explained that the big push right now is behind DICE’s efforts to make the next Star Wars: Battlefront game, so, you know, that’ll probably be pretty damn fun too.
What do you think? I mean, games based on current movies are typically…garbage. So the fact that EA’s probably going to eschew that whole thing and just make games that work within the world might actually be the best news we could’ve gotten.