EA: The Star Wars Games “Won’t Necessarily be Aligned With the Movies”
EA CFO Blake Jorgensen brought up the Star Wars series at the UBS Global Technology Conference, and said of Battlefront, “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 game to play and you’ll hear more about it in the years to come, but we’re very excited about the opportunity.”
As for the other games set in the Star Wars universe, Jorgensen revealed how they aren’t going for movie-based games with this partnership, which lasts 10 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). 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 had a long relationship obviously with Lucas on the original Star Wars and when Disney took over Lucas, they really wanted to maintain a video game business around Star Wars. They felt it was very valuable and a lot of people loved the games historically. And so they came to us because of our partnership and they knew that we could help them develop really great games and 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 10 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 movies.
Speaking further about the Star Wars games, Jorgensen revealed how they have a lot of flexibility to create “around the broad Star Wars content, and around some of the new assets that they may produce over time as well.”
Jorgensen believes we’ll see the Star Wars titles start to pop up in 2015 and 2016, “along with the Star Wars movies that will start to come out in late calendar 2015 or fiscal 2016.”
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