EA has now been announced as been awarded an exclusive gaming license to produce Star Wars games. Here's a take from a statement by
The magic of Star Wars is interwoven into the worlds, characters, planets and amazing battles. It is a universe that lends itself perfectly to gaming. Our agreement unlocks a whole new future of Star Wars games that will span consoles, PCs, tablets, mobile and more.
While we don’t have any details to share today on specific titles, our development teams are already brimming with design ideas. The EA Studios that will develop these games are some of the most innovative and popular creative teams in the world, and include DICE and Visceral, in addition to the BioWare team, which is already developing for the Star Wars franchise.
These imaginative teams will make games that may borrow from films, but the games will be entirely original with all new stories. Powering it all will be the Frostbite 3 development engine – guaranteeing incredible graphic fidelity, environments and characters.'
The opportunity for other parties to pony up their own cash to make Star Wars related games creates a sweet window opportunity for better quality games than have been recently delivered by the studio.
Imagine if the Bioware team was able to do a Star Wars RPG that was as good as Mass Effect. That would be the ultimate game....