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"For some reason EA was negotiating with Lucas/Disney, as to whom should make the new Star Wars games. And just a week later it was like, 'Oh, by the way, that discussion you were having about Star Wars? Do you want to make it?' "
―Patrick Bach, executive producer at DICE[src]

Electronic Arts (EA) is an American developer, marketer, publisher, and distributor of computer and video games established in 1982 by Trip Hawkins. EA grew from a home-computing game publisher; in 1987 they began developing games in-house. In the early 1990s, EA began to develop games for consoles. EA has bought various successful developers and since the early 2000s has been one of the largest third-party publishers.

EA is known for various series and labels including EA Sports, Need for Speed, Medal of Honor, The Sims, Command & Conquer and the later games in the Burnout series. Many notable and popular games have been published through EA.

Electronic Arts developed, through their acquisition of BioWare, Star Wars: The Old Republic.

On May 6, 2013, Disney and EA jointly announced that EA will hold exclusive rights to make Star Wars video games for the next several years.[2] New games will be developed across several of their studios, including Star Wars Battlefront by DICE[3] and an untitled game by Visceral Games. Additionally, Star Wars: The Old Republic will be continually maintained under the agreement, with frequent content updates and expansion pack releases.

In addition to creating original Star Wars games with the license, Electronic Arts has the ability to add Star Wars–themed content to their other products. The first product to include Star Wars–branded content was The Sims 4, releasing costumes of Princess Leia, Yoda, Darth Vader, and a Rebel pilot on October 1, 2014,[4] along with costumes of Aayla Secura, Darth Maul, and Boba Fett on May 4, 2015.

A new Star Wars video game is currently in development at Electronic Arts expected to be released by 2022.[5]

Star Wars video games by Electronic ArtsEdit

Title Date Development Subsidiary
SWTOR Star Wars: The Old Republic 2011 BioWare
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Rise of the Hutt Cartel 2013 BioWare
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Galactic Starfighter 2014 BioWare
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Galactic Strongholds 2014 BioWare
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Shadow of Revan 2014 BioWare
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Fallen Empire 2015 BioWare
SWBF logo Star Wars Battlefront 2015 DICE
Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes logo Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes 2015 EA Capital Games
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Eternal Throne 2016 BioWare
Battlefront II Star Wars Battlefront II 2017 DICE
Motive Studios
Criterion Games
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Onslaught 2019 BioWare
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 2019 Respawn Entertainment
Untitled Visceral Games project On Hiatus Visceral Games (formerly)
Motive Studios (formerly)
EA Vancouver
SW rise to powerStar Wars: Rise to Power TBA TBA
Untitled Open World project TBA EA Vancouver

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Motive Studios. Electronic Arts (2015-07-13). Retrieved on July 13, 2015.
  3. Gaston, Martin. DICE says creating Star Wars: Battlefront is "scary". Gamespot. Retrieved on October 16, 2013.
  4. Star Wars content in The Sims
  5. TwitterLogo Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) on Twitter "EA says that new Dragon Age from Bioware is in development but likely won't be until after FY22. So after April 2022. New Star Wars title in development that should drop prior to end of FY22."

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