EA has held on to its licensing agreement with Disney for Star Wars games but that agreement may be coming to an end if a new rumor circulating online is to be believed. Disney and EA signed an exclusive multi-year licensing agreement in 2013 for multiple AAA Star Wars games for different platforms. It’s now being rumored that Disney may not extend its agreement for Star Wars games with EA.
When Disney acquired Lucasfilm back in 2012, it shuffled some things around and closed the LucasArts division since it wasn’t interested in developing first-party Star Wars games. Disney wanted to license out the development and publishing to established companies and it went with Electronic Arts.
According to the rumor, Disney/Lucasfilm is unhappy with the agreement it has with EA and are now considering other studios that might be able to replace EA. It has been five years since the deal was signed and the latter has only released two major Star Wars titles one of which is a sequel.
It’s said to have reached out to both Activision and Ubisoft but none of this has been officially confirmed or denied as yet, even though it doesn’t seem impossible.
The terms of EA and Disney’s deal are unknown but it’s believed that EA only has an exclusive publishing agreement with Disney which doesn’t extend to development. If that’s accurate, it means that Disney can work with any game studio it wants to.
Neither EA nor Disney have commented on any part of this report as yet.