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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, Plants vs. Zombies, The Sims, Command & Conquer and the later games in the Burnout series. Many notable and popular games have been published through EA.

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 Project Ragtag 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 published by Electronic Arts[edit | edit source]

Title Date Development Subsidiary
SWTOR.jpg 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.png Star Wars Battlefront 2015 DICE
Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes logo.png Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes 2015 EA Capital Games
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Eternal Throne 2016 BioWare
Battlefront II.jpg 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
Star Wars: Squadrons 2020 EA Motive
Project Ragtag Canceled Visceral Games (formerly)
Motive Studios (formerly)
EA Vancouver
The Sims 4 Star Wars: Journey to Batuu 2020 Maxis
SW rise to power.jpgStar Wars: Rise to Power TBA TBA

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Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. Motive Studios. Electronic Arts (2015-07-13). Archived from the original on June 15, 2020. Retrieved on July 13, 2015.
  2. StarWars.com Electronic Arts Selected for Multi-Year Agreement for the Future of Star Wars Gaming on StarWars.com (backup link)
  3. Gaston, Martin (2013-10-16). DICE says creating Star Wars: Battlefront is "scary". GameSpot. Archived from the original on May 25, 2019. Retrieved on October 16, 2013.
  4. Franklin, Rachel (2014-12-01). Free Content Updates in The Sims 4 Starting…Now! Also, Gnomes. Electronic Arts. Archived from Star Wars the original on August 25, 2019.
  5. TwitterLogo.svg 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." (backup link)

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