exclusive licensing agreement with franchise owner Disney, EA chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen noted that the company will not produce games based on the upcoming Star Wars film sequels.
Jorgensen detailed the company's plans for the license during his presentation at this week's UBS Global Technology Conference in Sausalito, California. He additionally revealed that EA's licensing agreement with Disney extends over the next ten years.
"We've done movie games over the years and we wanted to make sure that we weren't doing a movie game, i.e., game based on the movie," Jorgensen said, as transcribed by Seeking Alpha. "The beauty of the Star Wars franchise is that it's so broad and so deep, you don't have to do a movie game, you can do a game that's very focused on the world that's been created around Star Wars."
Jorgensen went on to call the partnership between the two companies "a fantastic deal," explaining that EA will leverage Disney's marketing tied to the Star Wars movie sequels, even if no film-specific games are in the works. EA's DICE studio is currently developing a new entry in the Star Wars Battlefront series, due for release in 2015.