It turns out that Star Wars video games are big business. Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012 for more than $ 4 billion. That has proven to be a great investment, generating billions at the box office, as well as incalculable marketability. But EA, which had been exclusively publishing games set within the franchise since the merger, recently revealed that their collaborations have generated more than $ 3 billion in revenue.
The reveal came during a recent earnings call from EA. CEO Andrew Wilson was asked about user behavior. That led Wilson to brag a bit about his production over the past few years, as well as the massive amount of money he’s made. Here’s what Wilson had to say about it.
“We have generated a series of great franchises, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Galaxy of heroes, Front of battle, Jedi: Fallen Order and more recently, Squads. That represents more than $ 3 billion of net bookings to date and 52 million games sold. And Galaxy of Heroes is a billion dollar franchise. As we have established the strongest part of that franchise, you should expect us to continue investing in those and some new experiences across all platforms for the future. “
Star Wars Video games have been a big part of the franchise for decades. Disney and EA have apparently managed to milk that cow for all its worth. This, despite the fact that the Battle front the games disappointed large sections of the fan base. But Jedi Fallen Order proved to be hugely successful, critically and commercially. Not to mention that the mobile game Galaxy of heroesBy itself, it’s a billion dollar franchise, according to Wilson.
But EA will soon have competition. Lucasfilm Games was recently launched to specifically handle the development of the studio’s various video game franchises. Other studies will go into action. Ubisoft, for example, is working in an open world Star Wars game. But Andrew Wilson, in addressing this issue, says that EA’s production will not decrease as a result.
“I don’t think you should imagine that having other people build some Star Wars games is going to change our commitment to that intellectual property or our ability to build the right number of games. And like I said before, we’ve had a long time partnership with Disney, both before our exclusive period that provided us with a great opportunity to establish very solid franchises such as Battle front, I like Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, I like Jedi: Fallen Order, I like Squads. You should expect us to continue to invest in our Star Wars relationship. It has been very profitable, up to this point, more than $ 3 billion in net reserves and we are excited about what we will be able to do in the future. But you shouldn’t read this as necessarily us building fewer titles. “
In terms of details, we know a Jed Fallen Order the sequel is on the table. There have also been rumors of a Knights of the Old Republic remake too. We will make sure to keep you informed. Star Wars Video game news is displayed. This news comes to us through Looking for Alpha.
Topics: Star Wars, Videogames