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Disney, EA sign Star Wars deal

The Walt Disney Company and Electronic Arts have announced a multi-year exclusive licensing agreement to develop and publish globally new games based on Star Wars characters and storylines.

EA will develop and publish new Star Wars titles for a core gaming audience spanning all interactive platforms while Disney will retain certain rights to develop new titles within the mobile, social, tablet and online game categories.

“This agreement demonstrates our commitment to creating quality game experiences that drive the popularity of the Star Wars franchise for years to come,” said Disney Interactive co-president John Pleasants. “Collaborating with one of the world’s premier game developers will allow us to bring an amazing portfolio of new Star Wars titles to our fans around the world.”

“Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe,” said EA Labels president Frank Gibeau. “Three of our top studios will fulfil that dream, crafting epic adventures for Star Wars fans. 

“DICE and Visceral will produce new games, joining the BioWare team, which continues to develop for the Star Wars franchise. The new experiences we create may borrow from films, but the games will be entirely original with all new stories and gameplay.”

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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