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No EA Star Wars games before April 2014

New Frostbite 3-powered titles are some way off release, says publisher

EA has said it's "not planning" to release a Star Wars game in its fiscal year 2014, which ends March 31, 2014.

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The publisher revealed on Monday that it has signed a multi-year deal with Disney to secure the rights to develop and publish 'core' new Star Wars games.

The deal will see EA develop Star Wars titles for "a core gaming audience", with games "spanning all interactive platforms and the most popular game genres".

However, the games to come as a result of this deal will not be released in its current fiscal year, the publisher said today.

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"Some of our most renowned and innovative creative teams are working on ideas in the Star Wars universe," said EA Labels president Frank Gibeau in an earnings call today.

"The new games may borrow from films, but will be entirely new stories and gameplay," he added. "Powering it all will be our Frostbite 3 game engine."

As part of the deal, Disney retains "certain rights" to develop new titles within the mobile, social, tablet and online game categories, but this, Gibeau clarified today, doesn't prevent EA from publishing games on those platforms.

"I do want to clarify one thing - we do have have rights to make the games on all platforms; console, PC, mobile and tablet," he said.

"For the products that we're building, you can expect that you will see them across all of those major platforms and we're very excited about it. The Studios at DICE, Visceral and BioWare are really fired up and we're excited about this opportunity and how it fits into our overall portfolio."

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