A new rumor is circulating online suggesting that EA may be on the verge of losing their licensing agreement for Star Wars games. Shortly after acquiring Lucasfilm in 2012, Disney restructured the company and shuttered its LucasArts division. They were not interested in developing first-party Star Wars games but rather sought to license their property out to already established third-party developers and publishers – and their prime choice was EA.
EA signed an exclusive multi-year licensing agreement with Disney/Lucasfilm in 2013 to develop and publish a variety of AAA Star Wars games for “all interactive platforms.” Disney still planned on developing their own mobile/social titles at the time, but that initiative has since fallen by the wayside. On EA’s side of things, the publisher has so far released two Battlefront games – Star Wars Battlefront in 2015 and Star Wars: Battlefront II in 2017 – with Respawn Entertainment still working on an action-adventure title and EA Vancouver working on Visceral Games’ former Star Wars game. But, it seems all of that may now be in jeopardy according to a new rumor that’s surfaced online.