Insert subtitle: EA’s Relationship with Wii U Part Deux.
Disney has plans to release a new Star Wars film in 2015 with Episode VII and films—which will be directed by J.J Abrams—will be released annually. With the closure of LucasArts, Disney was simply sitting on the game rights to the franchise. That is until they inked a “multi-year” deal with EA to handle Star Wars games.
The bare bones of the deal state that Disney will do the games for mobile, online, and social while Electronic Arts will do the games for consoles and handhelds. So what does mean for all gamers? It’s pretty much certain that EA has a salty relationship with Nintendo and are giving them the business when it comes to titles for the Wii U. This all most likely steams from the Origin deal that never materialized on the console otherwise Wii U would see more EA games—especially the top shelf stuff—and Frostbite 2 and Frostbite 3 would’ve magically worked on the Wii U.
Yes, EA stated that the Star Wars games would use the Frostbite 3 engine which allows for more realistic physics, destroyable surroundings—all that good stuff. EA stated that they tried Frostbite 2 on the Wii U and couldn’t get it to work and didn’t try Frostbite 3 because what’s the point? If the one before it didn’t work, the more recent version wouldn’t either, right? Could the game engine have been set up to work on the Wii U? Sure it could’ve. Plus the CryEngine 3—which is more powerful than Frostbite 2 works on the Wii U. There’s a new game in development for the console that uses CryEngine 3.
That aside, the new Star Wars will be on the PS4, the next Xbox, and they might even make them for the 360—of which the Wii U is more powerful than—and the PS3. So rejoice if you have any of those consoles or will be getting the PS4 or Xbox 720. The possibilities for the franchise under EA are vast. There hasn’t been a decent Star Wars title on consoles in years. PCs have typically gotten good Star Wars-based MMORPGs—the most recent being Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Also the most positive thing that comes out of this is that the game franchise for Star Wars won’t end up dormant. It will see some action and new games means a way to expand the series’ universe.