EA To Announce Star Wars News At E3

By James Dohnert , Updated May 22, 2013 07:46 PM EDT
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EA says it will announce its plans for its line-up of Star Wars games at E3. The company became the exclusive publisher and developer of Star Wars games earlier this month.

The company took over the development of Star Wars games following the purchase of LucasArts by Disney. Terms of the deal saw Disney take control of Star Wars movie and game titles.

Disney has already confirmed the release of another Star Wars film. The JJ Abrams directed film is expected to begin shooting early this year. Despite movement on the film properties little is currently known about the future of Star Wars games.

President of EA Labels Frank Gibeau says in a recent blog post that the wait for information may soon be over. He writes that the company will give an early first look at its plans for the franchise in June during the E3 conference. Early reports say that EA will be handing off development of Star Wars to developers such as DICE, Visceral, and BioWare.

DICE has worked for years developing first person shooters for consoles and PCs. The developer is responsible for both the Battlefield and Mirror's Edge franchises.

Visceral Games handles many of EA's movie adaptation properties. The studio worked on games for the Simpsons, James Bond and the Godfather . More recently, the firm has worked on the Dead Space.

Bioware is no stranger to the Star Wars universe. The developer was the primary driver on all three Knights of the Old Republic titles. Bioware also has experience working on other space faring titles such as Mass Effect.

Many fans began to worry about the future game prospects of the Star Wars franchise following the partnership with EA. Gamers fear that the publisher track record is a bad omen for the future of the sci-fi franchise.

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