In case you’ve been wondering exactly how long EA will have the rights to make and publish Star Wars games on every platform under the sun, the duration of their deal has now been made evident.
In an interview with investment blog Seeking Alpha, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen said that EA is with Disney on Star Wars for the next 10 years.
Here’s his quote, unedited, from the aforementioned blog:
And so they came to us because of our partnership and they knew that we could help them develop really great games and 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 10 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 the Disney has so it will get aligned with timing around the movies, but it won’t necessarily be aligned with the movie.
That 10 year deal with Disney for the Star Wars brand has already started to show very minor hints of what’s coming. This past June at E3, EA teased their next entry in the Battlefront series. Here’s Jorgensen again.
We’ve shown a trailer for one of the possible games that we’re going to make Battlefront and it’s got a lot of people very excited because it’s a very popular game from before. We have the team in DICE, building some early stages of various games and building them in Frostbite, so it will be a very exciting game play and you’ll hear more about it in the years to come, but we’re very excited about the opportunity.
In the years to come? Yep, you read that right. Battlefront is still a ways off.
What do you think of EA’s partnership with Disney for Star Wars?