Rumor: Disney eyes Ubisoft and Activision to take over Star Wars video game IP

    
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Raise your hand if you’re a little tired of Electronic Arts’ handling of the Star Wars video game franchise since its acquisition in 2013. One… two… yeah, a few of you.

Well, there might be A New Hope in the future for a new handler. Rumors are emerging that Disney is eyeing two different publishers to take the reins of the Star Wars IP in the video game market, especially in light with the Star Wars Battlefront II fiasco last year.

Cinelinx has the possible scoop: “From what I’ve heard Lucasfilm is upset as well and looking for other options. I’ve had a couple sources reach out to me about the current state of Star Wars gaming. According to them, Disney/LFL higher ups pulled EA to the ‘principal’s office’ to talk about what’s going wrong (which is what others have reported as well). Moreso, they’ve apparently reached out to both Ubisoft and Activision about developing Star Wars games.”

Even if this rumor is true, it still sounds like it is in the early days of such talks and that nothing is near to being finalized. Still, it might be welcome news to players who are tired of EA’s handling of the Star Wars saga and who would like to see another studio or two take a crack at it.

Source: Cinelinx. Thanks Miol!

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Alex Malone

As someone who boycotts EA’s games, this is good news!

I agree that Activision is unlikely to produce much better than EA, but at least we might get some more variety in genre of games. Ubisoft would be OK, they at least seem to attempt to make good games and do experiment with some ideas and mechanics.

My preference would be to end exclusive licenses and have Disney grant licenses on a game-by-game basis. Disney would still be able to have a say over quality and quantity of games, but by opening the IP up to more developers we’ll get a broader range of games and the fan base would be much better served.

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Chris B

How depressing is it that these are our options? Activision is just EA under another name and Ubisoft has one of the worst AAA game engines out there. Konami has lost their minds and neither Sony, Nintendo, or Microsoft are options because of the exclusivity they would bring. I don’t trust Capcom or Bandai-Namco either. Square-Enix and Take Two are the only other major publishers I can really think of that I’d rather see this go to.

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Chris B

I’d also like to point out that there are plenty of developers under many of these publishers I’d love to see work on a game, independent of publisher interference but it’s just not viable to think of it that way.

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Vunak

I don’t understand why they won’t reach out to Square-Enix. They have proven to be a great partner in the past to Disney with the Kingdom Hearts games. Are a development/publisher that is by far recognized as one of the best that supports its fans. I’d honestly be curious to see where the SW IP could go under a development company that actually cares about its consumers experience.

Not to mention all the other development companies under SE. Crystal Dynamics for example that did the Tomb Raider series. Eidos – Deus Ex. Rocksteady – Batman. etc,

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Nathan Aldana

I cant see any possible future where activision or ubisoft isnt just as bad an owner of the IP rights,

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Sally Bowls

Raise your hand if you’re a little tired of Electronic Arts’ handling of the Star Wars video game franchise since its acquisition in 2013.

No biggie, but I find this a tad disingenuous. I.e., my recollection is the salinity around here was high years before the ’13 deal was signed, say about 2011.

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natuneev

Time to bring back Star Wars Galaxies.

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Rolan Storm

Yeah. We wish.

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mysecretid

As my friend Randy used to say, “Interesting if true …”

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Peregrine Falcon

I don’t want it taken away from EA, I want EA AND another company to be making Star Wars video games. Competition builds better products and the winners are always the customers.

For those of you hating on Ubisoft here’s why I bought The Division. About 3 hours in to a free trial I was running my Division agent down a street when I off-handedly said over Skype to my friends “I wish my Imperial Agent in SWTOR game-play was like this.” Within a matter of minutes we all logged out and purchased The Division. Criticize it all you want (and I won’t necessarily disagree) but I got my money’s worth and I STILL wish my Imperial Agent game-play was like that.

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Jack Pipsam

I’d rather Ubisoft, at least they’d make different types of games.

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McGuffn

At this point it’s more a matter of who wants this shit. Great IP sure but if Disney is going to threaten your license who is stupid enough to want to be the next one in line.

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Crowe

I wanted to argue this… but I can’t. You’ve got a good solid point. If Disney is willing to yank it from EA, they’d also be willing to yank it from anyone.

(that said, I’ve had such bad EA experiences, I’m ok with them yanking it from all)