Star Wars Becomes EA’s Apprentice
So back in April, Disney shut down Lucas Arts studios so they could make “a broader portfolio of Star Wars games”, well on May 6th they sold the rights to the Star Wars games to EA. What does this mean? It means that any Star Wars games made from this point forward will be made by EA. Any mobile or casual games will be made by Disney.
Electronic Arts is a solid company; they’ve made a lot of good games, they were even the ones who released The Old Republic: the Star Wars MMORPG (mass multiplayer online role playing game). However the game failed to gain the amount of paying subscribers EA desired (which needed to cover the 300 million development costs of the game before they could make a profit off of it). EA has also received some negative attention surrounding the company’s use of DRM (digital rights management) in their games and technical issues with their SimCity reboot (as well as complaints about their always online DRM).
One of the main reasons Disney shut down Lucas Arts was because they didn’t want to take risks, so this is a questionable move in this reporter’s opinion. However should if EA fail miserably, we can all run around Disney Infinity, Force-Choking Mickey Mouse as Darth Vader for ruining the future of all star wars games.