Disney, EA Games to continue relationship
EA Games is keeping Disney happy with its creativity
If anyone was concerned that Disney might pull the plug on its marriage to EA Games, they can rest easy. Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed that it is happy with the current arrangement and plans on keeping EA around, at least for a little while longer. EA will continue to be the publisher of Disney’s Star Wars video game titles.
Iger made the announcement in an earnings call yesterday when asked about the company’s video game future. In acknowledging the “good relationship” Disney has with EA, he added, “We’re good at making movies and television shows and theme parks and cruise ships and the like, we’ve just never managed to demonstrate much skill on the publishing side of games.”
While some may be happy the relationship is continuing, others will certainly be disappointed. A number of gamers have felt that the Star Wars franchise of games under EA’s tenure has not been as productive as they would like and point to Star Wars Battlefront II as the perfect example. The game’s loot boxes and in-game currency received a considerable amount of controversy, ultimately resulting in the currency being pulled from the game. EA has also had to cancel more than a couple of Star Wars titles, most recently this past January.
EA is expected to release the next Star Wars sequel, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, in the near future. If the company plans on keeping fans happy, and avoiding a divorce from Disney, it needs to up the ante and try to recover some of the player confidence it has lost. Fallen Order should be made available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC this coming fall.