The Walt Disney Company and Electronic Arts today announced a new multi-year exclusive licensing agreement to develop and publish globally new games based on Star Wars characters and storylines. Under the agreement, EA will develop and publish new Star Wars titles for a core gaming audience, spanning all interactive platforms and the most popular game genres, while Disney will retain certain rights to develop new titles within the mobile, social, tablet and online game categories.
“Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe. Three of our top studios will fulfill that dream, crafting epic adventures for Star Wars fans. DICE and Visceral will produce new games, joining the BioWare team which continues to develop for the Star Wars franchise. The new experiences we create may borrow from films, but the games will be entirely original with all new stories and gameplay.”
- EA Labels President Frank Gibeau.
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SEGA has confirmed that an HD remake of Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse is in the works, and its being developed by SEGA Studios Australia. The game, which originally released on Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, will arrive this summer on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. Interestingly, SEGA didn’t announce whether the game will hit Wii U, but based on a listing made last month by the Brazilian ratings board, Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse should see release on Nintendo’s latest console.
Disney Interactive is bringing Disney’s Planes, a flying adventure video game inspired by the upcoming Disney animated comedy adventure film, exclusively to Nintendo platforms. The game will be available for the Wii U and Wii consoles as well as the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS hand-held systems on Aug. 6, just a few days prior to the film’s Aug. 9 opening in theaters nationwide. The game will expand beyond the storyline of the Disney’s Planes film, offering players the opportunity to enjoy the thrill of flight as one of the popular characters from the film.
Capcom producer Rey Jimenez has explained to Destructoid just how much of a pleasure it has been to work with WayForward on DuckTales Remastered. Jimenez says the acclaimed company was the perfect match and handled the production side like professionals. He concluded by saying that he loved working with WayForward and would like to do more projects with them in the future.
“Disney actually suggested WayForward. In my mind, WayForward was just the perfect match. They handled practically all of the production side like pros. The game has been in development for around a year, and we would love to work with them again,” “retro or otherwise?” I asked, to which he responded “yes, retro or otherwise.”
Rey Jimenez, DuckTales Remastered producer, has hinted that if sales for the game meet expectations then Chip n’ Dale would be what he describes as the next logical step. Jimenez says that the work Capcom put into getting approval from Disney to remaster the game could lead to future remastered releases of other classic Capcom-Disney projects. These games could include Chip n’ Dale Rescue Rangers, Darkwing Duck and Aladdin.
“In a purely hypothetical world. I think Chip n’ Dale would be the next logical one. It makes sense because it’s the next in the hierarchy.”
Disney Interactive Studios has delayed the release of Disney Infinity, which was previously scheduled to release in June, by two months. The upcoming action-adventure game features numerous characters from multiple Disney films, including The Incredibles, Pirates of the Caribbean, Monsters, Inc., Wreck-It Ralph and Cars. When it arrives in the summer, on August 18th, Disney Infinity will launch on Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Windows.
Namco Bandai has announced today via Famitsu that its been busy developing Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life for the Nintendo 3DS. The game is due to be released on the 11th of July in Japan and will also see a special Nintendo 3DS XL limited edition design released. Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life allows gamers to play as their Mii character and we will also allow you to meet all your favourite Disney characters. More than 80 Disney characters are set to appear within the game and it will features around 1000 different items.
The Brazilian ratings board has listed Castle of illusion starring Mickey Mouse for release on Wii U. The ratings board says that the game is being published and developed by Sega and will be coming to Wii U, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita. The Brazilian ratings board also revealed Need for Speed Most Wanted Wii U before the game was officially announced by EA.
Rich Moore, the director behind the popular Disney film Wreck-It Ralph, has announced that he really wants Mario to star in the film, if they are lucky enough to be able to create a sequel. Moore says that he would have loved to have Mario in the original, but they just couldn’t find room for him in the film. Wreck-It Ralph is currently out in UK Cinemas.
“If we’re lucky enough to have a sequel then we’ll create that moment that’s perfect for [Mario].”
“Over the course of developing the story I was always looking for the perfect moment or scene to include Mario.”
“But it had to be organic, it had to feel like [the scene] was made for him and unfortunately as we were developing the story that moment never made itself clear.”
Disney Interactive Studios subsidiary Junction Point Studios is no more, and its founder, Warren Spector, no longer works for Disney. The two games Junction Point Studios developed, Epic Mickey and its sequel, Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, are Disney’s properties, and Disney retains the rights to the IP of the franchise, in which Disney mascot Mickey Mouse is the star.