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Disney teams up with EA for 'Star Wars' video games

Sapa-AP | 2013-05-07 08:50:53.0
A man dressed as Darth Vader of Star Wars stands near a hot-air balloon in the shape of Mickey Mouse during the International Hot-Air Balloon Festival at the Metropolitano park in Leon, in the Mexican state of Guanajuato November 16, 2012.
Image by: STRINGER/MEXICO / REUTERS

Disney is not giving up on ‘Star Wars’ video games after all.

A month after shutting down game production at Lucasfilm subsidiary LucasArts, The Walt Disney Co. said that it had entered multi-year deal with Electronic Arts to develop new Star Wars video games.

According to a statement, EA will develop games for a "core gaming audience" while Disney will retain the right to develop titles for mobile devices, social platforms and online.

Terms were not disclosed.

Disney is aiming to make its money-losing interactive unit profitable this year and shifting some game development costs elsewhere should help.

Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4.06 billion in December. The company said last month that it will release a new Star Wars movie every year starting in 2015.

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