Last month, we witnessed the end of one of gaming’s most iconic studios, LucasArts, at the hands of Disney. This move left the status of the developer’s Star Wars franchise as an unknown. Well, no longer. This week, EA announced their acquisition of the Star Wars license and assured fans that the future of the franchise in gaming is safe. As to whether this is good or bad news... well, that depends on your perception of EA.
According to EA’s official press release, Disney and EA have come to terms on “a new multi-year exclusive licensing agreement to develop and publish globally new games based on Star Wars characters and storylines.” So what does this mean for Star Wars and gaming?
Well, aside from the fact that we are now guaranteed to see new Star Wars games (honestly, this was never really in doubt; it was only a matter of time), EA claims their various development houses are brimming with ideas for their shiny new IP. Whether any of these ideas include the resurrection of Star Wars 1313, LucasArts’ darker, grittier take on the ’verse, remains to be seen. Considering the amount of buzz the game was generating at a relatively early stage, though, we’re sure it’s something EA will consider. Another possibility is for EA to revisit the Knights of the Old Republic series while learning from the mistakes made with The Old Republic—taking the series back to its RPG roots, rather than pushing it into an MMO format, is worth consideration.
EA put out an open call to fans to submit ideas for the directions they’d like to see the franchise take. And that is our question of the week to you, dear reader. What kind of Star Wars games would you be interested in playing, moving forward?
In other gaming news this week, the gaming industry apparently does a pretty decent job of self-policing, Watch Dogs gets a release date, EVE Online hits the small screen, the next Batman game goes film noir, and Elder Scrolls Online starts to come together. Read on!
- An FTC report found that the gaming industry does the best job at regulating age-restricted materials. This seems to be directly in contrast to the all-too-frequent media squawking... shocker.
- UbiSoft’s hotly-anticipated game, Watch Dogs, now has a release date. Watch Dogs will be coming to a GameStop Near You on November 19, and will be available on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, PC, and Wii U.
- Remedy’s Alan Wake, a Tor.com office favorite, has slowly broken the 2 million sales mark, which means it has a future in the form of a potential sequel—news we wholeheartedly welcome.
- As mentioned last week, more details regarding the protagonists and gameplay of GTA V are beginning to surface. If you want to learn more about the world, how switching between characters will work, and in-game activities, check out Polygon’s and CVG’s hands-off previews of Rockstar’s demo build.
- In exploring the Dark Knight’s early years, Batman: Arkham Origins is going for a film noir look and feel, which will reflect a more raw, unrefined stage of Batman’s life.
- If you’ve beaten Skyrim and have been itching to return to Tamriel, the Elder Scrolls Online may provide your fix on launch. Battle through the realm of Coldharbour to regain your soul and thwart the plans of Molag Bal, the Daedric Prince of domination and enslavement. We admit, we’re considerably less skeptical of this title now than we were upon initial announcment.
- A tidbit for EVE Online fans: it sounds like the EVE Online universe will be adapted into a TV series potentially helmed by Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur, whose work includes such films as Contraband and The Deep.
- For those of who who’ve stuck with Diablo 3, note that the gold-duping bug found earlier this week has been resolved and is being dealt with by Blizzard.
- Finally, Bethesda announced a new Wolfenstein game this week. Check out the trailer below.