It was only yesterday that Disney announced they had signed an exclusive licensing deal for the Star Was IP with Electronic Arts, but that isn’t stopping the publisher/developer from getting the ball rolling. As expected, Disney wants to leverage their recent acquisition of LucasFilm swiftly, and so they are already panning new titles with Electronic Arts.
While it’s unclear what games might be in development, it’s important to note that Disney still retains the rights to develop and publish social and mobile games using the Star Wars IP. In other words, while Visceral Games and DICE are plugging away at Star Wars titles for the core gamer, Disney can develop more family-friendly Star Wars fare.
Of course, that starts with Disney Infinity, which Disney CEO Bob Iger says the company believes in. Disney is betting big on Infinity — which combines a wide variety of Disney characters into a single experience — so much so that when they pushed the game to Q4 2013, they projected an operating loss for Q3.
What Disney has with Infinity could be something special, especially if Star Wars and Marvel can factor into the experience. There was some doubt about whether Infinity could use Star Wars after the EA deal, but apparently that was already discussed.
Since Infinity is a casual game experience, Disney can use the Star Wars IP without violating their deal with EA. Seems obvious, but you never can be sure when millions of dollars are involved.
So, while we may not see these Electronic Arts-published Star Wars games for quite some time, we know they are in development, and both Disney and EA are banking on them being successful. In other words, look for some of the classic Star Wars franchises and titles to see a resurgence. If Disney can jump start Episode 7, why can’t DICE resurrect Battlefront?
What would you like to see Disney and EA make priority number 1 as far as Star Wars games are concerned? Does Marvel or Star Wars take precedence for Disney Infinity?