Although Star Wars: Battlefront hasn’t quite released just yet, it already seems like there’s a sequel on the way, possibly multiple.
At the recent UBS Global Technology Conference in San Francisco, EA’s CFO Blake Jorgensen explained that EA has a 10-year Star Wars licensing deal with Disney, that will result in multiple Battlefront sequels, and others in different genres on console, mobile and PC. Apparently, they struck the deal “a few years back” that gives EA access to all of the historical content as well as all the new content developed.” Basically, expect a whole lot of Star Wars content to come out of EA’s doors over the next 10 years, as they can utilise the “almost unlimited” nature of the Star Wars franchise to develop a wide range of titles.
Alongside Jorgensen’s announcement, there is the already-in-development Star Wars title headed by Amy Hennig of Visceral Games. Although there isn’t much info kicking about, Hennig’s Star Wars title is rumoured to be some sort of RPG.
Jorgensen was quick to reiterate that, although the licensing deal covers the six films already released as well as upcoming core installments and spin-offs such as this years The Force Awakens, they won’t be planning any movie tie-ins. He affirmed that EA’s goal “is not to make video games directly about the movies, it’s to use the IP in the movie to make great, exciting games.” The only rule they have to stick to is remaining true to the franchise’s established fiction.
Jorgensen finished by establishing just how great the partnership has been. He said Disney has been very helpful in providing EA’s development team with the content and access they need to make great games.