LucasArts closed its doors this past April, and now the future of Star Wars video games belongs to behemoth developer and distributor Electronic Arts. The video games have been a good way to expand the Star Wars universe, and EA says they’ll continue with that tradition. There won’t be another new Star Wars game until 2015’s Star Wars: Battlefront, but EA says there are no plans to develop any games based on Star Wars: Episode VII or the spin-off movies.
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Speaking at the UBS Global Technology Conference, EA Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Blake J. Jorgensen explained they wanted to take advantage of the vast Star Wars universe [via CS]:
“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,”
I’m glad they’re going in this direction because not only does Star Wars have a rich and diverse setting (especially if you go back to The Old Republic), but movie games are almost always rushed and crappy. Also, I’m sure Disney doesn’t mind that the Star Wars games can’t reveal any information about the upcoming movies.
Jorgensen went on to reiterate that the future of Star Wars games will be spread “across multiple types of platforms over 10 years” and while the games won’t share the plots of the movies, they will still be timed with the release dates. That’s why the next Star Wars game, Star Wars: Battlefront, won’t be released until 2015 (and this is a strong signal we won’t see it until December 2015, which is when Episode VII hits theaters). Here’s the incredibly brief E3 trailer for the game: