Today, a publishers of well known sci-fi games, and a developer of well known sci-fi games have entered an agreement together. Both LucasArts and BioWare are no strangers to each other, as BioWare was responsible for the development of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and is about to launch Mass Effect for the Xbox 360.
Funny thing about this announcement is the fact that BioWare is wholly owned by EA, as of two weeks ago. What likely transpired was that this agreement has existed long before EA came into the picture, and so it needs to be fulfilled, before BioWare develops solely under EA's wing. The press release sure is putting a lot of power behind this venture project saying that it "will push the boundaries of the gaming market by utilizing the strengths of both companies to deliver an innovative, high-quality experience."
"LucasArts has a deep commitment to developing compelling stories and characters for the unique medium of interactive entertainment, and we have been searching for a developer that shares this value. We found this in BioWare," said Jim Ward, president of LucasArts. "Through our previous collaborations, we know that BioWare has an impressive ability to blend gripping stories with technological advancements, and we believe that our upcoming product will deliver an experience that will span the traditional boundaries of video game entertainment."
"BioWare's mission is to deliver the best story and character-driven games in the world, delivering powerful emotional experiences to our fans." said Ray Muzyka, chief executive officer, BioWare Corp. Added Greg Zeschuk, president of BioWare Corp., "The collaboration with LucasArts allows us to combine our passion for creating high quality and innovative experiences with those of a company dedicated to bringing only the finest games to market."
Hmmm, could it just be a final KOTOR game? Or something entirely new? The press release doesn't specify if the development is that of a new property – so my money is on a new Star Wars game.