Video game publisher Electronic Arts held their Q3 earnings call on Wednesday morning and among news of record-breaking earnings and net booking was the company’s plans surrounding their Star Wars titles. When asked if the company’s Star Wars offerings would be diminished in light of the recent news that the license was no longer exclusive, and publisher Ubisoft (in tandem with Lucasfilm Games) were working on a “story driven, open world Star Wars game, EA Chief Executive Officer Andrew Wilson affirmed that the developer’s commitment to the Star Wars IP would in fact not fall off.
“In terms of Star Wars, I don’t think you should imagine that the fact that some other people will build some Star Wars games is going to change our commitment to that IP or our ability to build the appropriate number of games,” Wilson said in the earnings call (transcribed by The Motley Fool).
“We have generated a number of great franchises, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Galaxy of Heroes, Battlefront, Jedi: Fallen Order and most recently, Squadrons,” Wilson continued. “That represents over $3 billion life-to-date net bookings and 52 million games sold. And Galaxy of Heroes is a $1 billion franchise. As we’ve established the very strong part of that franchise, you should expect that we will continue to invest in those as well as some new experiences across platforms for the future.”
Wilson added, “And as I said before, we’ve had a long partnership with Disney, both before our exclusive period that gave us a great opportunity to really establish some very strong franchises like Battlefront, like Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, like Jedi: Fallen Order, like Squadrons. You should expect us to continue to invest in our Star Wars relationship. It’s been very profitable, to this point, over $3 billion in net bookings, and we’re excited by what we’ll be able to do in the future. But you shouldn’t read this as necessarily us building the less titles.”
Have you enjoyed EA Star Wars games such as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Galaxy of Heroes, Battlefront, Jedi: Fallen Order and Squadrons? Are you looking forward to what “new experiences” EA Star Wars games might offer in the future? Let us know in the comments.