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Disney’s Deal with EA Is Getting Worse All the Time

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  1. [8]
    Gaywallet Link
    Pretty fair analogy, with regards to how they've treated the star wars franchise. My guess is the contract was far too loose. It probably only guaranteed rights for profit share, rather than...

    If Ben & Jerry’s made ice cream the way EA made games, then the only flavor would be “Mountain Dew & Cheetos.” When nobody wanted this syrupy yellow ice cream, the company executives would shrug and claim that the market had shifted because people didn’t like ice cream anymore.

    Pretty fair analogy, with regards to how they've treated the star wars franchise.

    My guess is the contract was far too loose. It probably only guaranteed rights for profit share, rather than putting timelines or requirements on number of games produced.

    8 votes
    1. [7]
      edward Link Parent
      I think there was exactly one requirement: have a game out in time for The Force Awakens. That's why Battlefront 2015 was rushed out with no story mode. They maybe also wanted another in time for...

      rather than putting timelines or requirements on number of games produced.

      I think there was exactly one requirement: have a game out in time for The Force Awakens. That's why Battlefront 2015 was rushed out with no story mode.

      They maybe also wanted another in time for The Last Jedi, which would be Battlefront II 2017.

      7 votes
      1. [6]
        Gaywallet Link Parent
        Hmm interesting, you might be right. I guess that means we should expect another game late this year. Battlefront 3? 😩

        Hmm interesting, you might be right. I guess that means we should expect another game late this year. Battlefront 3? 😩

        4 votes
        1. [5]
          edward Link Parent
          Jedi: Fallen Order is scheduled for "Holiday 2019", so that's the game for Episode 9.

          Jedi: Fallen Order is scheduled for "Holiday 2019", so that's the game for Episode 9.

          5 votes
          1. [4]
            Gaywallet Link Parent
            Interesting. Respawn is making it. They made the titanfall games and while I wasn't a fan of the 2nd, the design is pretty good. Will be interesting to see what they manage to do with a single...

            Interesting. Respawn is making it. They made the titanfall games and while I wasn't a fan of the 2nd, the design is pretty good. Will be interesting to see what they manage to do with a single player game. This makes me a little bit more hopeful for at least the 3rd contracted game.

            3 votes
            1. [3]
              Weldawadyathink Link Parent
              Did you play the Titanfall 2 single player? I just finished replaying it. It is short, but that is expected if a primarily multiplayer game. Otherwise, it is one of my most favorite games. I am...

              Did you play the Titanfall 2 single player? I just finished replaying it. It is short, but that is expected if a primarily multiplayer game. Otherwise, it is one of my most favorite games. I am suddenly looking forward to this new star wars game! (Although I fully expect EA to absolutely crush the soul out of this game, so I will keep my hopes down).

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              1. Gaywallet Link Parent
                That's a good question, I honestly don't remember anymore. I think I did? I should probably bust it back out and find out.

                That's a good question, I honestly don't remember anymore. I think I did? I should probably bust it back out and find out.

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              2. hungariantoast Link Parent
                Yeah, I actually enjoyed the campaign of Titanfall 2 and thought the movement and gun-play felt very nice. I wouldn't be surprised if we get to see a lot of those movement mechanics find their way...

                Yeah, I actually enjoyed the campaign of Titanfall 2 and thought the movement and gun-play felt very nice.

                I wouldn't be surprised if we get to see a lot of those movement mechanics find their way into Fallen Order, what with the player being a Padawan and all, and frankly, I am okay with that.

                I hope they invest in the singleplayer for this game, even though I doubt they will.

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  2. SunSpotter Link
    Oh man that list of games made between 2002-2006 brings back a lot of memories, particularly hearing Star Wars Galaxies mentioned puts me on the nostalgia train. I would be a very happy man if...

    Oh man that list of games made between 2002-2006 brings back a lot of memories, particularly hearing Star Wars Galaxies mentioned puts me on the nostalgia train.

    I would be a very happy man if Lucas Arts started making or at least licensing games that held the same quality as those classics. Maybe I'm biased as a long time Star Wars fan, but many of those older games weren't just Star Wars games, they were game changers. A lot of them pushed boundaries and weren't afraid to try new things, or at least at the time did things I had never seen before.

    It's sad and extremely confusing to me that they decided to go with an exclusivity deal at all, because that really stifles the opportunity for the creativity and boldness those old games had. And just seems like it limits potential overall, I mean I wouldn't expect a singular publisher to put out the same number of titles that an open contract would allow anyways. But to sign a deal with EA...well I had no fantasies about how it would turn out but somehow I'm still disappointed.

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  3. dubteedub Link
    Jim Sterling also did a recent Jimquisition on this topic and argued that EA should lose the Star Wars license due to them only putting out two medicore at best games since they got the license....

    Jim Sterling also did a recent Jimquisition on this topic and argued that EA should lose the Star Wars license due to them only putting out two medicore at best games since they got the license.

    https://youtu.be/x2x8YgiJ8jQ

    I think the two images Jim shows about 2/3rds theough the video comparing the slew of Star Wars games that Lucas Arts made in just four years in the early 2000s compared to the two whole Battlefront ganes EA was able to put out in that same period is particularly poignant.

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