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Sources Claim Disney Has Reached Out to Ubisoft & Activision About Star Wars Games

Posted by Suzie Ford on Feb 14, 2018  | Comments

Sources Claim Disney Has Reached Out to Ubisoft & Activision About Star Wars Games - MMORPG.com

Unsubstantiated rumors are swirling that EA may lose the exclusive license to make Star Wars games. According to entertainment site, "Cinelinx", multiple sources have reached out to reveal Disney's unhappiness with EA, even going so far as to "higher ups pull[ing] EA to the 'principal's office' to talk about what's going wrong". In addition, these same sources claim that Disney has also reached out to Ubisoft and Activision about developing Star Wars games.

While firmly in the rumor camp, the report is not terribly surprising and no one could blame Disney for considering other developers and publishers considering the still-ongoing controversy over loot boxes in Star Wars Battlefront 2 and with the closure of Visceral in 2017.

I know what you're thinking, because I had the same thoughts. EA has a contract for the games, exclusively. How could Disney get around that without breaching and causing more problems? I don't know all the technical aspects of it, but supposedly there's an addendum of some kind within the contract that would allow Disney to pull the license, or shop it around, if certain standards/conditions weren't being met. This type of clause isn't unheard of when dealing with big licenses (and what's bigger than Star Wars?), and with all the problems and lack of games it doesn't surprise me in the least that they're looking elsewhere.

We'll keep eyes out for further commentary and / or confirmation of the rumors.

What do you think? Should Disney pull EA's exclusive license deal or something else? Let us know in the comments!

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Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom
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