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https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2020-02-13-disney-wants-developers-to-reimagine-its-ip-for-video-games

Good news from Disney for next gen consoles, we might get another marvel, Star Wars, Disney games in near future.

"...Speaking at the 2020 DICE Summit, the company's senior VP for games and interactive experiences Sean Shoptaw reiterated that Disney's focus when it comes to the games industry is in licensing out its IP.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Shoptaw told developers his role is to "empower you to do really unique things with our [catalogue]," adding: "We want to tap into the power of creatives across the industry."

He offered the two aforementioned titles as examples of the freedom games makers could have when working with Disney's owned IP, which includes Star Wars, Marvel and now various 20th Century Fox properties.

Marvel's Spider-Man by Insomniac Games has sold over 13 million copies, and is the fastest-selling first-party title in PlayStation history, shifting 3.3 million units in the first three days. The game reinvents Spider-Man and many of his enemies, and has even crossed over with the comics and Sony's Into The Spider-Verse movie.

The more recent Jedi: Fallen Order was one of the biggest selling games of last year, and is expected to soon reach 10 million copies sold. It was developed as part of the exclusive publishing deal with EA, and tells an original story set after the prequel trilogy.

In both cases, Shoptaw said an important aspect of the projects was original storytelling and developers "reimagining" established Disney-owned characters and settings.

Shoptaw invited developers to "come and play" with the company's franchises, adding: "We want to dream big and look forward to all the things we can do together."



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We already know this. Theres inevitably going to be more Star Wars from EA including the sequel to JFA especially since its reaching 10 mil. Then theres Spiderman from Insomniac and Avengers from Square as well as Kingdom Hearts. Also Avatar which I believe Ubisoft is developing. The question is can Disney continue to churn out quality games from their IP's into next gen but of course that depends on the publishers they licence their IP's to.



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This makes it sound like Star Wars might be licensed out on a game by game basis after EA's 10 year deal expires in 2023. Good news for sure if true, EA will able to keep making sequels to their Star Wars games, and other publishers/devs will be able to take a crack at Star Wars as well.



Dont know how to feel about this. They dont own spiderman so thats coming regardles. Never liked star wars. I think kingdom hearts reached its end. and that avengers game looks meh at best. But who knows, maybe some other dev can do what insomia did with spiderman. Would be kind of amazing to bring comic book style games. Inmagine a bunch of diferent games, done by diferent devs, each on a diferent marvel hero in a share world. The cinematic world is pretty much over, a game world would be just insane.



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shikamaru317 said:

This makes it sound like Star Wars might be licensed out on a game by game basis after EA's 10 year deal expires in 2023. Good news for sure if true, EA will able to keep making sequels to their Star Wars games, and other publishers/devs will be able to take a crack at Star Wars as well.

Disney's largest failing with Star Wars is the EA exclusive deal. There is still so much that can be done in Star Wars games, but EA isn't doing it. I'm not saying they should never be allowed to publish Star Wars games, but the exclusive deal should not be renewed. 

Fingers crossed that we'll get an open world Star Wars game one day. 



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Wman1996 said:
shikamaru317 said:

This makes it sound like Star Wars might be licensed out on a game by game basis after EA's 10 year deal expires in 2023. Good news for sure if true, EA will able to keep making sequels to their Star Wars games, and other publishers/devs will be able to take a crack at Star Wars as well.

Disney's largest failing with Star Wars is the EA exclusive deal. There is still so much that can be done in Star Wars games, but EA isn't doing it. I'm not saying they should never be allowed to publish Star Wars games, but the exclusive deal should not be renewed. 

Fingers crossed that we'll get an open world Star Wars game one day. 

Honestly I'd just be happy with the KOTOR "Reimagining" for now.



shikamaru317 said:

This makes it sound like Star Wars might be licensed out on a game by game basis after EA's 10 year deal expires in 2023. Good news for sure if true, EA will able to keep making sequels to their Star Wars games, and other publishers/devs will be able to take a crack at Star Wars as well.

hmm I dont think it means that. All this shows is that Disney is going to be more open to having their IPs being utilised in the hands of other devs/ publishers, which is the natural road they were always going to take after dismantling their gaming division.

This means that whether said devs/ publishers can strike an exclusivity deal or not is really unknown from this information. Regardless, I think EA will just push for Battlefront and whatever else they can make with the IP, with other games being possibilities, but not competitors to what they make



eva01beserk said:
Dont know how to feel about this. They dont own spiderman so thats coming regardles. Never liked star wars. I think kingdom hearts reached its end. and that avengers game looks meh at best. But who knows, maybe some other dev can do what insomia did with spiderman. Would be kind of amazing to bring comic book style games. Inmagine a bunch of diferent games, done by diferent devs, each on a diferent marvel hero in a share world. The cinematic world is pretty much over, a game world would be just insane.

Marvel/Disney share the rights to Spiderman. Hence why Marvel still makes comics, novels and merchandise based on the IP.

Sony owns the film/television rights.






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