STAR WARS Video Games To Borrow A Page From BATMAN’s Playbook
We know new Star Wars video games are on the way, but it sounds like they will have a rather interesting approach that will owe a debt to Batman and the Arkham series. A new interview reveals that EA is planning to treat their Star Wars video game universe in a similar manner as Rocksteady is doing with their Arkham games. The comparison was made by EA CEO Andrew Wilson in a recent interview with Fortune.
Speaking with Fortune (via CVG.Com), Wilson stated that the upcoming Star Wars games will not be based on any of the upcoming films. He goes on to talk about the company’s new approach to telling story in the video game franchise. That’s where he dropped the big Batman comparison, saying:
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. When we look at the Star Wars properties that’s how we’re looking at it. We’re not trying to build a game that replicates the storyline of any particular film.
CVG goes on to point out that EA‘s current Star Wars licensing deal with Disney is set to run for ten years, with DICE, Visceral, and BioWare developing some Star Wars titles like the Battlefront reboot that was announced last year. There is a caveat in the contract that allows Disney to retain some rights to develop games for mobile, social, tablet, and online game categories with EA serving the “core gaming audience.” Disney can, of course, make their games tie into the movies.
Regardless of the finer points, borrowing from the Arkham method is a rather interesting prospect. Going the route of developing new storylines for the Star Wars game could be a huge boost to the franchise, which is really needs right now. There will definitely be a lot of eyes on what EA is doing with the new movie trilogy announced. What do you think about Wilson‘s comments? Do you like the way they’re approaching the Star Wars games now?
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Source : ComputerAndVideoGames.Com