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An EA press release announced today that Electionic Arts, universally considered to be the worst video game company in existence, has been contracted to produce several years worth of video games based on the Star Wars franchise. The move is bewildering to Star Wars fans and video gamers, who generally despise EA for it’s despicable DRM practices, greedy use of microtransactions, and continuous release of the exact same sports games every single year with no notable enhancements other than a new roster. However, Disney executives claim there is a method to their madness.
After evaluating our position in the games market, we’ve decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company’s risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games. As a result of this change, we’ve had layoffs across the organization. We are incredibly appreciative and proud of the talented teams who have been developing our new titles.
While many have wondered and speculated about the future of the Star Wars franchise at Dark Horse comics, it seems the publisher is only doubling down on stories based on George Lucas’ most famous creation. They recently started up a series by Brian Wood and Carlos D’anda that takes place in the gaps of the original movie trilogy, and now they’re giving Star Wars: Legacy, a series that takes place almost a century and a half after the first movie, another shot.
On this episode of the podcast I was joined by the very awesome host of Shauncastic, Shaun Rosado! We talk about the creation of his podcast, love of Star Wars pretty early on, geek and nerd culture, working on the Women of Geekdom calender, Chris Hardwick, our issues with the new 52, Deadpool and just so much more!
Now that Disney owns Marvel and Star Wars, will they have a smaller footprint at SDCC in favor of Disney’s own D23 Expo?
The SDCC Unofficial Blog brought up some interesting thoughts today on how Disney’s ownership of Marvel and Star wars might effect what we see from them at SDCC.
Simple economics would seem to indicate that it is unwise of Disney to give something away free at a show other than their own; this is even more true when their own show is only three weeks later.
They go on to point out that even Marvel’s presence has not been the same since Disney bought them, the only exception being non-D23 Expo years, like last year when they had a huge Iron Man setup. In 2011, most of their huge Avengers moments were saved for their own Expo.