After winning the Star Wars lottery and gaining the exclusive rights to develop Star Wars games, Electronic Arts will provide the first glimpse of its plans for the Star Wars franchise at E3 in June, according to EA Labels President Frank Gibeau. “Our E3 briefing ‘The Download: EA 2013 Preview’ will be a showcase of next-generation games like Battlefield 4, Need For Speed, a full range of EA SPORTS games and a first look at our plans for the Star Wars partnership with Disney,” Gibeau wrote.
The June 10 press conference will be broadcast live on Spike TV and streamed at ea.com/e3.
Disney announced earlier this month that EA took the reigns on all Star Wars game development, but details have been scarce so far. EA is, however, expected to release multiple Star Wars games over the coming years for most platforms (with the possible exception of the Wii U). It is a lucrative and powerful license, and EA is sure to try to make the most out of it.
Although LucasArts created several Star Wars franchises the last few years have seen them dry up and disappear. With the change in developer, fan speculation has gone into overdrive as the possibility of long dormant franchises returning has become a reality. None have been revealed yet, but it looks like that will change at E3.
“Now that the Xbox One has been unveiled, there is so much more we want to show you – racing, RPGs and shooters that are going to astonish you with their graphic fidelity and connected features,” Gibeau wrote. “Finally, we can draw back the curtain and show you what we’ve been working on for Madden, FIFA, NBA LIVE, UFC, Battlefield, Need For Speed and other EA franchises.”