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I think Disney just wants to cash out on this franchise as much as they can: EA or whoever pays for the license is of no matter to them.

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pokoko said:
Shadow1980 said:

Trusting EA to be the sole publisher of SW games was a pretty boneheaded move, though.

Who would could bid on something as big as Star Wars?  Who else would bid?  I'd rather EA than Activision, to be honest.  

I agree. You have EA/Activision/Ubisoft/TakeTwo and the first parties which are big enough to pay for the liscense. Out of those Ubisoft take pride in the fact they wholly own the IP they work on, and TakeTwo probably couldnt care less, they're content with their cash cows (GTA/RDR/NBA).

Activision on the other hand, have a huge history with lisecensed games. Though it's generally been hit or miss (mostly miss in the later years), with a few gems scattered throughout, but nothing too special. In recent years they have completely abandoned making liscensed games, and insist on revitalizing the Crash/Spyro IP's.

Lowkey, Activision's team hold a lot of talent, but they fail to utiliize it properly. I think Activision's non-cod teams show promise (Vicarious Visions, Toys for Bob, Beenox), with their remakes of Crash/Spyro games. They also own Raven (developers of the old Jedi Knight games), which probably will be stuck as COD support, but could still serve as guidance (or if we're lucky, make their own game)

To be clear, I dislike Activision as a whole myself, and dont want the license to be handed to a single publisher, but rather a game by game basis like Marvel games is doing.

It's just that I think compared to EA, Activision would a better choice (though on the whole I think neither should get it).



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They are good games.

We just need more of them.

So many genres to choose from. Come on EA. Let Bioware make a Mass Effect type Star Wars game.



Right now t is not surprising considering the philosophies both companies have. Impose ideas, no matter the cost. But in the end the world is ruled by money so their contract will eventually end and not renewed.



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pokoko said:
Shadow1980 said:

Trusting EA to be the sole publisher of SW games was a pretty boneheaded move, though.

Who would could bid on something as big as Star Wars?  Who else would bid?  I'd rather EA than Activision, to be honest.  

Doesn't have to be a single entity.  It used to be that a bunch of different developers and publishers worked with the Star Wars license.  It all went to shit when EA was given a monopoly over it.  Just like their Madden and FIFA games, when they have no competition, they make shitty games and no one can do anything about it.



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NightlyPoe said:
vivster said:

Sounds more to me like he just doesn't care. That's a difference. A person who doesn't care is more likely an asshole rather than an idiot.

Or a businessman.  EA was the highest bidder for the license.  Disney's cashing the check.  It's a good deal for them.

It's EA's problem if they don't bother to take advantage of the license.

That's what I said. An asshole.



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I don't think they would mention it if they were happy. The reality is they saw how well Spidey did, how it was received by fans and critics and the money it bought in and they have seen what EA had achieved so far. It will be interesting to see what happens when the new gen begins and how that might change things.

I would love a star wars action RPG made by Capcom or Platinum. Lighsabers and hack n slash go well.



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vivster said:
NightlyPoe said:

Or a businessman.  EA was the highest bidder for the license.  Disney's cashing the check.  It's a good deal for them.

It's EA's problem if they don't bother to take advantage of the license.

That's what I said. An asshole.

It's his job to do what's best for his company.



He's just being polite in respect to their business relationship. It wouldn't look good on Disney themselves if they trashed a partner in the media. I have a hard time believing Disney isn't seeing the differences between how people are perceiving a game like Spider-Man compared to any of EA Star Wars games. Best believe going forward the IP will be licensed one game at a time.



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NightlyPoe said:
vivster said:

That's what I said. An asshole.

It's his job to do what's best for his company.

Which has no bearing of how much of an asshole a person is. The best for a company can also be hiking up prices for life saving medication, polluting the environment and exploiting child labor.



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