It's official: Disney's long-standing exclusivity deal on 'Star Wars' games just ended
- Since 2013, "Madden" and "FIFA" maker Electronic Arts has held exclusive rights to make "
Star Wars" games, per a deal with Disney.
- The agreement officially ended Wednesday with the announcement of a new "Star Wars" game made in partnership with "Assassin's Creed" maker
- "EA has been and will continue to be a very strategic and important partner for us now and going forward," Disney senior vice president of games Sean Shoptaw told Wired. "We did feel like there's room for others."
Since 2013, just one game publisher has held the rights to make games based on the "Star Wars" license: Electronic Arts, the makers of "FIFA," "Madden," and the "Battlefield" series.
On Wednesday, that exclusivity agreement finally came to an end with the announcement of a new "Star Wars" game from "Assassin's Creed" maker Ubisoft.Described as a "brand-new, story-driven, open world 'Star Wars' adventure," the game is being made by Ubisoft's Massive studio, which last produced "The Division 2" in 2019.
"EA has been and will continue to be a very strategic and important partner for us now and going forward," Disney senior vice president of games Sean Shoptaw told Wired. "We did feel like there's room for others."The announcement of a new "Star Wars" game from Disney - the first with a new gaming partner in eight years - came the same week that the entertainment giant revealed another collaboration: an entirely new game based on "Indiana Jones," with a new story outside of the filmography, made by Microsoft-owned Bethesda and its subsidiary MachineGames.
Though Disney has a long history of TV and film production, the company has a rocky history with video game production and outright divested from the production side of the video game business back in 2016.
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