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You may have already heard that EA has lost exclusive rights to make Star Wars games - but despite the doors opening for other developers to expand on the galaxy far, far away, EA is going to continue creating Star Wars games in the future.
Since 2013, EA has been the sole creator of Star Wars titles, but in mid-January, it was announced that Ubisoft is in the process of making an open-world game based in the Star Wars universe too, and Lucasfilm is inviting new developers to pitch game ideas. Despite the blow to EA's deal with Lucasfilm, the developers will continue to work on the franchise as they had before, not abandoning the worlds they have created in Star Wars: Battlefront 2 and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
According to VGC, an EA earnings call hears CEO Andrew Wilson talk about the future of Star Wars games at EA. "In the context of Star Wars, we won't be announcing new things here but what I would say is that, if you look at our history with Star Wars, we've had a long and very profitable relationship," says Wilson. "First with LucasArts or Lucasfilm, and then with Lucasfilm as part of Disney. We have generated a number of great franchises: Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic, Galaxy of Heroes, Battlefront, Jedi: Fallen Order and most recently Squadrons.
"That represents over $3 billion life-to-date net bookings and 52 million games sold, and Galaxy of Heroes is a billion-dollar franchise. As we've established these very strong parts of that franchise you should expect that we will continue to invest in those as well as some new experiences across platforms for the future."
As rumours of a Star Wars: Battlefront 3 swirl, it's no surprise that EA is going to continue with the projects that people have been enjoying from the team - even if Ubisoft is working on its own developments in the future.
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