EA has announced that they have acquired the video game licence for the Star Wars franchise, allowing them to produce many more games under the lucrative banner.
This, as well as the closure of LucasArts last month, highlights some of the major changes that Disney are making following the acquisition of Star Wars as part of the buyout of LucasFilm.
It means that BioWare will continue to work on Star Wars: The Old Republic, but will potentially open to continue The Knights of the Old Republic franchise offline. EA has also noted that Viseral Games (Dead Space) and EA DICE (Battlefield) will be working on future Star Wars titles.
"Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe," said Frank Gibeau, President of the EA Labels. "The new experiences we create may borrow from films, but the games will be entirely original with all new stories and gameplay."
Gibeau also noted that upcoming Star Wars games would be using the Frostbite 3 development engine, which is also being used in a number of EA properties.
It's worth noting that the deal, which is a multi-year agreement, only entitles EA to develop games on home and handheld consoles. Disney has retained the right to develop and publish games for smart phones, social and additional online Star Wars titles.