On the menu from Electronic Arts, the firm is to continue its effort with the already-established licensing with Disney regarding Star Wars. Since then, we saw a new initiative form under Lucasfilm Games & Electronic Arts featuring a three-game plan with Respawn Entertainment at the helm. Of course, this includes the ongoing Star Wars Jedi series as well as a new first-person shooter and real-time strategy title.
As of yet, one of these games have been realized – Star Wars Jedi: Survivor in 2023. From our review for the game, we wrote: “While the game doesn’t move the genre forward meaningfully, it’s still an excellent game that I highly recommend to any Star Wars fan. It’s the next great Star Wars single-player game that many of us have been waiting for since the original one surprised all of us.”
In a new statement from Electronic Arts CFO Stuart Canfield during an Q3 FY24 earnings call, he shares that plans for the next Star Wars game is aiming for 2025, saying “let’s take 2025 first a second, and I’ll build it back into the longer-term answer I gave before and in prepared remarks on as well.
“So first on 2025. So I think the key here is we expect growth in our core business. We’re 73% live service and obviously have a consistent full game sports release slate, plus we’ve talked to College coming in the summer next year in 2024. Second, we do have a lighter release slate which obviously comps to a Star Wars launch and a more expansive sports slate where we saw eight titles released this year. And we’ve called out also that Battlefield is not in our FY 2025 outlook.”
To put into perspective what game could be on the way, it is likely not the sequel for Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. With its release less than a year old as of writing, a follow-up coming in two years time is very unlikely. And with hiring just being spotted last summer does not give enough room for a timed release next year. The most probably is the RTS title in collaboration with Bit Reactor.
From Canfield elsewhere recently, he comments on the growing revenue that Electronic Arts generates from live-service is more than half. He adds that a major focus is to rekindle the momentum of Apex Legends as the game is starting to underperform internal projections. You can read the full report by heading here.
What are you hoping to see from EA Star Wars next?
Source: Electronic Arts