EA’s experience with Star Wars licenses has had its ups and downs. Several high-profile games have been discontinued over the years, and controversies such as the lukewarm reception of Star Wars Battlefront and the poor launch of its sequel have also drawn a lot of negative attention. At the same time, however, there are a number of positives as well, such as Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Star Wars Squadrons.
EA recently announced that Respawn Entertainment has three new Star Wars games in development – a sequel to Star Wars Jedi (which is reportedly coming later this year), a new first-person shooter, and a strategy game developed in collaboration with Bit Reactor. However, according to a report posted by GamesBeat’s Jeff Grubb, that could be all there is to EA’s Star Wars license.
According to Grubb, the publisher has completely licensed its Star Wars license to Respawn Entertainment, and once those three aforementioned games are released, EA will no longer release Star Wars games. This, of course, means that DICE or EA aren’t going to develop a new Star Wars Battlefront game, although based on previous reports, that doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
Grubb says EA is looking to focus on its own intellectual property while cutting licensing costs, with games like Battlefield, Dead Space, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Skate and more being EA property that are in line to receive new parts in the coming years.
Of course, there are many other Star Wars games in development at various other non-EA development studios, including TT Games’ LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, an open source Star Wars game. world from Ubisoft Massive, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – Remake from Aspyr Media and Star Wars Eclipse from Quantic Dream.