EA has decided today to make some major announcements concerning both The Sims and the Disney owned Star Wars franchise, confirming futures for both series in the gaming world.
First off The Sims 4 has been announced for PC and Mac with a release point of sometime in 2014. Both Maxis and EA have stressed that the game will be a “single player offline experience” which isn’t surprising following the fallout from the SimCity always online issue. I suppose we have to give some credit to the company for learning from a past mistake.
The bigger news, in my opinion, is the deal Disney and EA have just announced stating that EA has been granted the license to produce future Star Wars games. This deal allows EA to publish games for a “core gaming audience” across all interactive platforms, while Disney retain the rights to games development within the social, mobile and tablet spheres.
“Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe,” said EA Labels President Frank Gibeau.
As well as BioWare working on the Star Wars license EA have also stated that DICE and Visceral will create new Star Wars titles.
“This agreement demonstrates our commitment to creating quality game experiences that drive the popularity of the Star Wars franchise for years to come,” said John Pleasants, Co-President of Disney Interactive. “Collaborating with one of the world’s premier game developers will allow us to bring an amazing portfolio of new Star Wars titles to our fans around the world.”
The games themselves will be focusing on new stories outside of the film franchise. Whether this means EA will continue work on Star Wars 1313 and also revive Battlefront is unknown. Here’s an idea. Battlefront goes to DICE and 1313 to Visceral.