EA not planning Star Wars games based on upcoming movies

Ten year licensing deal will lead to titles in "many different genres across multiple platforms"

Electronic Arts isn't planning to launch any Star Wars games directly based on Disney's upcoming movies.

So said EA chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen during a presentation at the UBS Global Technology Conference on Tuesday, during which he also seemingly revealed that the company's Star Wars licensing deal deal with Disney runs for ten years.


"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," Jorgensen told attendees (via Seeking Alpha).

"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.

"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 ten 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 Disney has so it will get aligned with timing around the movies, but it won't necessarily be aligned with the movie."

EA has said it plans for DICE, Visceral Games and BioWare to develop Star Wars games. A Star Wars Battlefront reboot was announced at E3 in June with a teaser trailer. The game is being helmed by veteran Battlefield developers at DICE's Stockholm studio.

Jorgensen said on Tuesday: "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 gameplay and you'll hear more about it in the years to come. And so, we're excited and we think that it will be a great 2015 and 2016 when we'll start to see the emergence of possibly the Star Wars titles along with the Star Wars movies that will start to come out in late calendar 2015 or fiscal 2016."

While EA's Star Wars licensing deal will see the company develop games for "a core gaming audience", Disney retains "certain rights" to develop new titles within the mobile, social, tablet and online game categories, which may or may not directly tie in with upcoming movies.