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FRANK GIBEAU

FRANK GIBEAU

Executive Vice President, EA Mobile

POSTED BY Frank Gibeau ON May 6, 2013

EA and Disney Team Up on New Star Wars Games

“The Force is strong with this one.”

I love that line.  It instantly transports me back to my childhood, to an epic world that had a powerful influence on my life. Like hundreds of millions of people, I am a true believer – someone who can’t get enough of the story, the culture, and the ethos of Star Wars.

Today, The Walt Disney Company has announced that they have chosen EA to create new Star Wars experiences for gamers worldwide.

The magic of Star Wars is interwoven into the worlds, characters, planets and amazing battles. It is a universe that lends itself perfectly to gaming.  Our agreement unlocks a whole new future of Star Wars games that will span consoles, PCs, tablets, mobile and more.

While we don’t have any details to share today on specific titles, our development teams are already brimming with design ideas.  The EA Studios that will develop these games are some of the most innovative and popular creative teams in the world, and include DICE and Visceral, in addition to the BioWare team, which is already developing for the Star Wars franchise.  These imaginative teams will make games that may borrow from films, but the games will be entirely original with all new stories.  Powering it all will be the Frostbite 3 development engine – guaranteeing incredible graphic fidelity, environments and characters.

We have lots of ideas, but we want to hear from you. Tell us what kind of games you want to play. Send us your suggestions and tag @EA_DICE @VisceralGames @BioWare and #starwarsnextgen.

Comments (309)

  1. Comment Flagged +53 0
    Battlefront 3, please!
    May 6, 2013
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    1. +12 0
      As it is hyped through multiple communities this would be it. Battlefront 2 wasn't a flawless game but it sure was fun. Bring space to ground battle, jedi/sith fights and a up to date ego perspective (keep the 3rd person) and this would sell rather good. This game lived from the "holy cow I'm right in the epic battle" feeling and many people would thank you. The alpha footage that "leaked" through the last weeks/months was promising, given that it's old material. If you could build up from this it would be fine, but if you could do this in the frostbite engine it would even be better.
      May 7, 2013
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    2. Comment Flagged +2 -6
      WHITHOUT 3RD person... this game is dead.
      May 7, 2013
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    3. +2 0
      With Frostbite Engine for destruction :D. Please EA. If you do this I will be ever Loyal to your games !.
      May 7, 2013
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    4. +11 0
      YES!!!
      May 6, 2013
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    5. 0 0
      Yup!
      May 7, 2013
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    6. +13 0
      There is only one Star Wars game I have been asking for since 2005: Battlefront 3. If you can fulfill that request, I promise to take back 40% of the negative things I've ever said about your company. Maybe even 50%.
      May 6, 2013
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    7. 0 -3
      Depending on the quality, gameplay, and combat stuff, I may even take away 70% of the stuff I said about you. Please dice, keep the battlefield-esque combat like Battlefront 1 and 2 had... We don't need "NEW BATTLELOG IMPLEMENTATION!!!!! GRAPHICS!!!!!!!" Also, perhaps instead of 100s of maps, why not follow battlefront 2 with its tons of gameplay modes, with enough maps to satistfy you for a looong time. I would pay for DLC for that. Premium mode too, I dont care. Long Live Battlefront! :D
      May 7, 2013
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    8. 0 0
      Massive advertisement of graphics*
      May 7, 2013
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    9. +5 -1
      Battlefront 3 should definitely be third person but perhaps also give you the option to play in 1st person like in the previous games as that way the player has more freedom. I would like for some of the ideas implemented in Elite Squadron to carry through, for example the ground to space combat and the customization (but greatly improved of course). Also EA, If you don't think that this game will sell then I have to tell you you're wrong; I have many friends who now mainly play call of duty and not much else :( yet most of them have fond memories of the battlefront games and admit that they had some off the most fun ever whilst playing video games with the Battlefront games. Also don't you dare abandon 1313 and make KOTOR3 :D
      May 7, 2013
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    10. 0 -1
      1313. Nuff said, Frostbite 3 engine, partially developed. NOT BF3
      May 9, 2013
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    11. +5 0
      Why not both? Make everyone happy.
      May 15, 2013
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  2. +28 0
    Battlefront 3!!!!!! Space battle simulator like X-Wing and Tie Fighter.
    May 6, 2013
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    1. 0 0
      BattleField gameplay... Frostbite engine.. Imagine ESB... big battlefield in the snow with AT-AT's and rebels and the empire. Imagine all the fun things they could do with classes and weapons with all the diff. characters/creatures. Maybe even create a "Pirate" 3rd class. In that scenario instead of aircraft carriers it would be the empire attacking the Rebel base on Hoth with AT-AT's. Instead of Baby Huey's it would be snow-speeders. Could do that with all kinds of diff. environments. DeathStar, diff, planets, ships, planets, Coruscant, buildings. I've never really liked very many Lucasarts SW games since Xwing VS Tie Fighter. Not a big fan of Battlefront OR Jedi Republic. There's not the level of scope, depth, and fun as it could be if it was done just like BattleField. Now with these engines like BF's it could be so good. I don't think there'd be room in development to start a "Space" sim too. That might be a whole diff. game. But they could maybe do say.. a Hoth Assault first.. then invade the surface. Maybe something like in EP3 when they had the big Coruscant space battle. Sounds like too much in that direction might actually entail a separate game. Xwing VS Tie Fighter had a lot of strategy too it. Totally diff. type of gameplay that something like Battlefield. BUT this whole idea could be really cool. Taking epic battles from the movies, and some original stuff too. Could just play out entire parts of movies. All those diff. locations/planets. With the Battlefield gameplay style, the Frostbite engine... my imagination just runs wild how kool it could be. @EA_DICE @VisceralGames @BioWare #starwarsnextgen
      May 12, 2014
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  3. +16 -5
    First I will say the obvious one that everyone wants is a new Battlefront game. And not a COD clone either make it a 3rd person action game with crazy Jedi battles and land to space dogfights! Also another Force Unleashed style game using the awesome Euphoria engine, maybe instead make it a Skywalker Unleashed game because Luke has never gotten a game that shows off his incredible power. His last games were 2d sidescrollers Star Wars Trilogy: Apprentice of the Force and the SNES Super Star Wars.
    May 6, 2013
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    1. +2 -2
      Are you kidding me? No 3rd person?!? and no heroes?!? or space to land?!? You are STUCK to Battlefield my friend , this is BATTLEFRONT!!!
      May 7, 2013
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    2. +4 -1
      I don't know what comment you were referring to but it clearly wasn't mine, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Battlefront just the way it is, the ony thing they need to upgrade form Battlefront 2 is the game engine and I will be happy. Game makers, keep your tired first person CODBlops and Battlefield far FAR away from my Battlefront!
      May 11, 2013
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    3. 0 -3
      Actually, even though I will take hate for this, I would say using the frostbite engine would be a good thing. Third person is just something not as many people want unforgettably. It was fun in the past, but it may not be something the majority appreciates anymore. We need a game everyone like so the franchise does not die again. Frostbite will do just fine without third person. Heroes, Space to land, and all of the other things will be there I am sure.
      May 15, 2013
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    4. +4 0
      i think the euphoria engine was bought by Rockstar after the force unleashed games were released so idk if they really could make another one with the engine...
      May 6, 2013
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  4. +31 -1
    Battlefront 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!,please.
    May 6, 2013
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  5. Comment Flagged +23 -2
    Battlefront 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!,please.
    May 6, 2013
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  6. +23 0
    Battlefront 3, Republican Commando 2, and maybe have Bioware create another Kotor or Kotor like game? The no-brainer is Battlefront 3, if you guys make that you will please millions of fans that have been waiting for years, make it happen! :D
    May 6, 2013
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      Republic* lol
      May 6, 2013
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    2. +5 0
      Well, BioWare already put out Old Republic, so they'll be servicing that for a while. And it's pretty KOTOR-esque. The only thing I'd add to your list is a space fighter like the good old Rogue Squadrons (minus the poorly-constructed run-around-as-a-person missions from #3).
      May 6, 2013
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    3. +4 0
      republican commando? like mitt romney?
      May 7, 2013
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  7. +1 0
    was not suppose to send it twice :D
    May 6, 2013
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  8. +9 -1
    A proper X-Wing space combat simulator on consoles. Thanks! :-)
    May 6, 2013
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    1. +4 0
      I hope they make one for all systems. :) Rogue Squadron!
      May 15, 2013
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    2. +3 0
      think of the consoles! SOMEONE PLEASE THINK OF THE CONSOLES!
      May 6, 2013
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  9. 0 -1
    "There can only be two." - Darth Sidious
    May 6, 2013
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  10. +10 0
    Lots and lots of ideas comes to my mind! I think somebody should do the remakes for Dark Forces 1 and 2. Battlefront 3!! YES PLEASE!!! Maybe you should consider developing Star Wars game set in the Legacy era. Crimson Empire!? Imperial Commando!? Yuuzhan Vong War?!? Vector?!? xD Continue Star Wars 1313 development if you can!!!!
    May 6, 2013
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  11. +8 -1
    Battlefront 3 (with AI), a star-fighter game with as many different ships that you can incorporate as you can, a new RTS game more hardcore than Empire at War, and an RPG that maybe focuses in the New Republic Time Period (there is tons of room for New Republic Era Development).
    May 6, 2013
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  12. +13 -1
    BATTLEFRONT 3. The 501st campaign was great, but there should truly be 2 core campaigns, one for the Republic/Alliance and one for the troops of the (eventual) Imperial Army. Please include a mode that simulates the diegesis of the movies -- one-shot kills (that mimics Halo's SWAT mode)! Absolutely can't wait to bust down the door of Tantive IV and relive it all.
    May 6, 2013
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  13. +3 0
    One more suggestion -- a game eventually needs to be crafted that recreates all of the lightsaber battles from the first six entries. It can't just be a hack-n-slash game where you mash A the whole time, there'd need to be a finely-tuned swordplay where mastery requires a bit of finesse/training (imagine online 1v1s. woah.) The Darth Maul catwalk fight from Episode 1 could be a kind of prologue, and then Anakin's rise/fall and Luke's fall/rise could be interspersed. Avoid "filler" fights! ;)
    May 6, 2013
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    More Rogue Squadron-esque material would be great; elsewhere in space or time, of course--I think the regions surrounding the films has been done enough. But fighter combat should really be a priority. Republic Commando was amazing! Some gritty FPS with single-player campaign, 2- to 4-player online co-op, and multi-player maps would be sweet to see considering what consoles and PC can do these days.
    May 6, 2013
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  15. +11 0
    Battlefront 3 and finish Star Wars 1313 for the love of God!
    May 6, 2013
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  16. Comment Flagged +14 0
    FINISH STAR WARS 1313 DEVELOPMENT! BRING ME SOME MORE BATTLEFRONT AS WELL!
    May 6, 2013
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  17. +7 0
    A new KOTOR saga. X-wing and/or TIE Fighter SpaceSims. SW 1313
    May 6, 2013
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  18. +1 0
    I would like to see remastered versions of the Xwing games. I would also like to see a game along the lines of Jedi Outcast/Jedi Academy. Also, role playing would be nice. Please no MMO's. Also, no games that require me to be constantly online to play a single player game. That is THE reason I didn't buy the new SimCity. Remember that most of the Star Wars games that were really great had a great single player story. Tack on MP if you must.That hurt Mass Effect 3 badly.
    May 6, 2013
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    Also, To date, the only single player game where the player is in the Empire from start to finish is TIE Fighter, and it was awesome! Also, not every protagonist has to wield a light saber...that has gotten a bit stale unless it is in Jedi Knight (btw WAY better than The Force Unleashed games).
    May 6, 2013
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  20. +12 0
    Spiritual successor of KOTOR and Battlefront 3! :D
    May 6, 2013
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