News on the Disney video games front has been very negative as of late with the company shutting down operations related to self-publishing games. Disney Interactive ended development on Disney Infinity and its related toy lines last week, in favor of focusing on the low-risk strategy strictly licensing out its properties for third-party video game development.
That strategy is already in place when it comes to Star Wars based games. After Disney acquired Lucasfilm and its related subsidiaries it quickly shutdown LucasArts and its projects, and optioned the license out the Star Wars IP to publisher Electronic Arts in a 10-year deal for triple-A and mobile video game development. The first project from that relationship debuted in the fall with the high-selling, but disappointing (or “rushed” according to EA) release of Star Wars: Battlefront. That game represents just the beginning though and we already know of multiple other high profile Star Wars games in development, one of which is a Battlefront sequel. In the next two months, we could be getting a first look a lot more of these.
The sad and shocking shutdown of Disney Infinity and its developer, Avalanche Software, sadly means there won’t be a planned Rogue One playset for the toys-to-life game, and the news certainly explains why Disney Interactive had opted not to return to E3 this summer – the largest video game trade show in the world. However, don’t expect that to mean there won’t be much on the Star Wars video game front.
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EA is also skipping E3 this year and is instead hosting their own fan and media events during the same time period in LA (where E3 also is) and London. Titled EA Play, the company will still host their own press conference to unveil and tease upcoming projects, including what we expect could be multiple Star Wars games.
And building off that, the following month Star Wars games will have a major presence at Celebration Europe 2016 in mid-July/
StarWars.com is excited to announce that the best in Star Wars gaming is set to invade Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 in London this summer. Star Wars Battlefront, LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: Commander, Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and Star Wars: Force Collection will all be joining the mega-event, marking the highest volume of gaming content in Celebration history. Stay tuned for details and be sure to get your tickets now!
We suspect the games listed might not be everything available for browsing since those are just the games already available. While Battlefront has loads of upcoming DLC to be showcased, there could be glimpses or presentations of other Star Wars games too. We know there’s a big one in development at Visceral Games under the direction of Amy Hennig (Uncharted) and leadership of Jade Raymond (Assassin’s Creed) and just announced recently was yet another Star Wars title in the works from Respawn Entertainment (Titanfall developers).
And c’mon. There’s no way EA hosts their own big, expensive events during E3 time without quite a few big reveals – and the top entertainment brand and their biggest investment is certainly Star Wars. And for that brand, Disney is playing it smart in building anticipation and maintaining hype. If Star Wars games get revealed in June, there’s a Star Wars Celebration the month following, and just a few weeks later #ForceFriday happens where all of this year’s new Star Wars: Rogue One toys will be unveiled before going on sale in the lead-up to the holiday (toy selling time!) season and the release of the film. The force is strong with the back half of 2016…
Source: Star Wars