Wednesday, March 26, 2014

EA Modeling Star Wars Games After 'Batman: Arkham'

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By: Benjamin Hart

Last year Electronic Arts(EA) acquired the rights make future Star Wars games. So far they have announced Star Wars: Battlefront and we've heard many details about their plans. Recently, EA's newly appointed CEO Andrew Wilson spoke out about his tenure so far, the future of EA and some of their many current titles, including Star Wars. Fortune reports that Wilson likens the Star Wars titles they are developing to the "Batman: Arkham" series of games by Warner Bros.

"What Warner Bros. did with Batman was take the core roots of that IP and manifest that inside the walls of Gotham City and delivered an interactive experience that had real ties to what you would see in the films and what you had read in the comics, while having its own life because it could provide such deep and more immersive storylines," said Wilson. "When we look at the Star Wars properties that's how we're looking at it. We're not trying to build a game that replicates the storyline of any particular film."

EA made it clear months ago that they would not be creating games based on the upcoming films. Mr. Wilson's comments both reiterate and expand on that. In my opinion, this is very good news. Games based on movies are rarely great(The Revenge Of The Sith Video Game was one of those rarities). Making games in this way allows for more creativity and for the games to stand on their own. Considering the success of the Arkham series, it's a good model to follow.

Source: Fortune

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