Tuesday, 7 May 2013

News: EA Gets to Make Star Wars Games! (Hurray?)

That's no moon
With Disney scooping up all things Star Wars then shuttering LucasArts a while back, it was only a matter of time before they would announce that some big company is taking over making Jedi / Sith / Hutt-centric games for one and all. The company to come out on top was everybody's favorite publisher, Electronic Arts. The fallout has been amusing as snide comments abound what with everyone taking a quick pot shot at the company. Frankly, I can't see how it would be anyone other than one of the largest publishers that would get Star Wars. If it wasn't EA, instead we'd probably be hearing people bitch about Activision or UbiSoft getting the license and how one of those companies will balls everything up.

Seriously, Disney spent billions to get Star Wars. Of course they're going to expect top dollar when shopping around licensing agreements for the games. Of course, only a few of the biggest, and coincidentally most complained about, publishers would be able to afford it. What were people expecting? Maybe a group of plucky, young indie studios would get the license and shower us with quirky, new experiences? Come on now. We're going to get our Star Wars themed Battlefield games, and we may or may not like it. (Though, I think I may actually like that...)