The current status on EA’s usage on the Disney’s Star Wars license to publish titles based on George Lucas’ landmark film series has been more evident to most as underwhelming when looking at the two Battlefront titles that released this current generation of platforms. Specifically with Battlefront II’s launch in late 2017 being flooded with several gameplay issues and microtransactions, players started counting down the days until Disney confiscated the publishing rights from EA.
According to the latest earnings call at Disney, the entertainment juggernaut is more than ecstatic about Electronic Art’s usage of their 2012 acquired property.
We’ve had good relationships with some of those we’re licensing to, notably EA and the relationship on the Star Wars properties, and we’re probably going to stay on that side of the business and put our capital elsewhere.
In the report Disney also expands on the idea of self-publishing and would rather leave that to EA over organizing it themselves. With other titles that host Disney properties like Square Enix’s latest Kingdom Hearts 3, Disney prefers to work on film & entertainment while more prominent publishers work on using the rights to create more memorable titles. “We’ve found over the years that we haven’t been particularly good at the self-publishing side, but we’ve been great at the licensing side which obviously doesn’t require that much allocation of capital.”
Expanding on EA’s use on the Star Wars license, Disney directed the attention towards Respawn Entertainment’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and the promising performance that’s to come from the undetailed project. Stating that the game still has an aimed launch window for 2019 and to even played a 20-minute demo of the upcoming title.
Seeing the recent success of Apex Legends from the Titanfall developer, Jedi: Fallen Order seems the most optimistic title from EA after the previous two. Since the game’s teaser going back to 2016 and to possibly release this year, fans are eager to have an enjoyable title homed in the Star Wars universe since the reality of Star Wars 1313 being ripped out of their hands after Disney closed LucasArts.
Honestly, this all comes off as a surprise from Disney with how vocal users were Electronic Arts published titles the past three years. And following the recent cancellation of the open-world Star Wars title from EA Motive, EA’s position holding the Star Wars license didn’t look to bright at the time.