The next major play after Disney's acquisition of the Star Wars franchise has been revealed. Following the recent closure of Lucasarts, the Walt Disney Company officially signed an exclusive multi-year deal with Electronic Arts to develop and publish games based on Star Wars.
A press release was issued to announce the agreement, but not too many details have been divulged at this point. EA Labels President Frank Gibeau followed up with a post over at EA's site, shedding a little bit of light on the developers we can expect to see handling the franchise.
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.
EA's publishing deal covers all interactive platforms and "most popular game genres." A dollar amount for the agreement wasn't publicized, but one would imagine it ranged anywhere between "a whole lot of money" to "seriously, a ton of money."