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EA’s plan for Star Wars: CEO wants Arkham-style "deep, immersive storylines", not film tie-ins

Andrew Wilson: the disconcertingly fresh-faced CEO of EA.

Andrew Wilson likes Arkham Asylum! And we thought he was only into sports games and the Democracy 3 clone that is high-level management.

The EA CEO would like to replicate Warner Bros. and Rocksteady’s success with the Arkham series, if possible: greenlighting games which stand apart from the films but thread themselves nicely into the extended universe.

“What Warner Bros. did with Batman was take the core roots of that IP and manifest that inside the walls of Gotham City and delivered an interactive experience that had real ties to what you would see in the films and what you had read in the comics, while having its own life because it could provide such deep and more immersive storylines,” Wilson told Fortune, before an aid reminded him to stop for breath.

“When we look at the Star Wars properties that’s how we're looking at it,” he continued. “We’re not trying to build a game that replicates the storyline of any particular film.”

Wilson emphasised that EA wouldn’t be making games based directly on Disney’s upcoming films. EA have a licensing deal with Disney which runs for ten years, but allows the mouse-house “certain rights” to develop mobile, social and tablet games - essentially the stuff that doesn’t concern us at PCGamesN.

For their part, EA have announced that Star Wars: Battlefront reboot under the direction of DICE - and have indicated that they’ll be giving Visceral and BioWare the reins to develop new series’ under the Star Wars name.

What sort of games are you hoping for? Do you need “deep and more immersive storylines”, or just a tie fighter waiting for a pilot?

Thanks, CVG.

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Ocid's picture
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Shoulda salvaged 1313 then.

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I was really looking forward to that one. A first among star wars games in a long time.

Battlefront being made by dice sort of scares me considering what battlefield has turned into, so I probably won't pay much attention to that either.

I wouldn't mind another RPG by BioWare though. Or a reboot of the Jedi Knight franchise

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Agreed about Battlefront. I don't want to commit myself to a cash treadmill like BF3 and BF4, having to buy DLC every six months to stay current.

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I think its unlikely that they will employ Bioware for a Star Wars game while TOR is still live.

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“When we look at the Star Wars properties that’s how we're looking at it,”

This is the problem . . .EA do not make games, they make heavily dependant DLC games, attached to popular franchises.

I stopped purchasing games published and developed by EA, because the soul of some of my favourite franchises had been stripped, in order to generate the most profit for the company.

On top of that, worst gaming company in the industry, and customer service is awful.

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I'd much rather see new stories set in the Ep IV - VI timeline than either stuff which shoehorns in popular characters from the film or pseudo-canon Old Republic stuff. The most interesting extended universe material I've encountered were the Tales from the Cantina and Tales of the Bounty Hunter books, which follow the various bit-part characters from the films. It's nice to get more scope to the setting rather than more volume about what's already there.

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I really enjoyed the republic commando books by Karen Traviss. If you haven't already, I definitely recommend giving them a read. But don't read '501st' - it was disappointing and the story was not continued beyond that point.

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I haven't read those. Cheers, I'll look them up.

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Gee, you mean like KOTOR?

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