May 9 2013 2:00pm

Gaming Roundup: EA Ensures the Future of Star Wars in Gaming

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 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.
  • This tech demo of Unreal Engine 3 will blow your mind by running IN YOUR WEB BROWSER. Even more impressive is the fact that it was created using only HTML 5, JavaScript, and WebGL. You should use Firefox to run it optimally.
  • 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.

If there are games you’d like us to cover or blogs you think we should be following for more news, please let us know @tdelucci or @pritpaulbains.

1. Yakov
Battlefront 3. That is all. It would earn EA back so many point with people.
Chris Nelly
2. Aeryl
Yes, MOAR KOTOR. I never got to play TOR, too expensive and crap computer, but I loved the console games.
3. Theo16
Definitely a sequel/remake for the X-Wing series.
Matt Marquez
4. mmarquez
If I'm watching that video correctly then Tamriel's soul-to-people ratio is going to dip pretty far when ESO goes live. But I know how this dance will end and I'll sink 120+ hours into it before I get bored and start questioning my life choices.
Morgan Anderson
5. white_walker_01
I think if they made the old republic games like mass effect it would be pretty awesome
Margot Virzana
6. LuvURphleb
SWTOR is awesome. If they could bring some of the story writing they had with KOTOR it would be better but i love it regardless. No game is going to make everyone happy. People like to complain too much.
corey chapman
7. martianblues
I would like to combine the crazy force wielding and lightsaber gameplay of The Force Unleashed with the ability to drive/fly vehicles and spaceships like in Battlefront II, the switching up of the gameplay was great in that one. The space battles in Battlefront II were neat, and I can imagine it being even more epic with today's graphics and engines.
Flint Timmins
8. Giovanotto
I absolutely love the Rogue Squadron games. I would be all over a new installment.
9. thaxll
@Aeryl: SWTOR is free to play now should you still feel the urge to check it out.

I'm saddened that Bioware doesn't make proper RPG's anymore, but the action RPG type style from the Mass Effect series would probably work pretty well with a new KotOR game. The first one still ranks in my top 5 favorite games ever. (The second had a lot of potential but was destroyed by a premature release.)
kevin syers
10. kevsyers
It's hard not to get my hopes up but here's my suggestions and I'm almost certain I speak for most of the SW fanbase:

-Battlefront 3
-Knights of the Old Republic
-X-wing: Rouge Squadron
-Republic Commandos

Look into these games EA and you will make all the monies. Give us another Force Unleashed, SW Dance Party or SW Lego and you will be hated among all of the internet's comment sections and message boards for all of enterinity.
Melissa Shumake
11. cherie_2137
i would be so stoked for a new kotor game. the first two were games i still dream about. and a new battlefront game would be so amazing. i'd love to have a new game to play against my bf on.

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