EA publishing The Old Republic solo

  • When Star Wars: The Old Republic launches next season, it's going to have just one publisher. At an event today, Electronic Arts announced it will probably be the sole distributor with the massively multiplayer role-playing game, due out next year sometime following first quarter from the year. The game has developed by EA's role-playing game studio, BioWare, at its Austin, Texas, facility.     
    There might be only one--publisher of The Old Republic, that's.    
    The MMORPG ended up being set being copublished by both EA and LucasArts, the experience arm of Lucasfilm, which came up with the Star Wars franchise. Lucasfilm will continue involved from the project as being a "an important partner, collaborating on SWTOR Credits Buy design and marketing, and to be a licensor on the property." Speaking with GameSpot, BioWare cofounder Ray Muzyka said LucasArts would also remain included in development of the action, since it is "part from the same organization as Lucasfilm."    
    The financial comparison to its today's deal are not disclosed, however the rationale was. According to EA, the offer was done "so that publishing, marketing, and distribution responsibilities may be centralized for efficiency."    
    Today's deal comes approximately three years after LucasArts and BioWare announced their alliance for the undisclosed game--exactly the same month EA revealed that it was buying BioWare. Less than a year later, EA CEO John Riccitiello SWTOR Credits for sale let slip the sport was set inside same proto-Star Wars universe as BioWare and LucasArts' Knights from the Old Republic games, set several thousand years ahead of the Star Wars films. Later in 2008, BioWare and LucasArts revealed the experience in earnest about the latter's campus in San Francisco.