After acquiring Lucasfilm, Disney shut down LucasArts as a development house and has restructured the studio as a licensing house. First news of licensing from LucasArts has surfaced in the way of the monumental Star Wars license agreement with Electronic Arts. EA has secured a “multi-year exclusive licensing agreement to develop and publish globally new games based on Star Wars characters and storylines.” Fans of both videogames and the Star Wars franchise are reporting a great disturbance in the Force… as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.
The good news in all of this is EA has announced that three of their studios (DICE, BioWare, and Visceral Games) are working on titles set in the Star Wars Universe. Fans of the original Knights of the Old Republic (such as myself) are certainly hoping for a single-player continuation of that epic story while everybody else is undoubtedly clamoring for Battlefront III from DICE. I have no idea what Visceral could be working on, but any speculation is welcome in the comments below. All games being developed by these studios will utilize Frostbite Engine 3.
My hope in this (aside from EA not destroying the brand and milking the franchise) is that maybe 1313 will be resurrected because, well, it looked pretty awesome.