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Walt Disney and EA join forces for Star Wars

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Walt Disney and EA join forces for Star Wars

Walt Disney and Electronic Arts announced plans to develop and publish a new series of Star Wars game titles for the next few years.

“Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe,” said EA Labels President Frank Gibeau. “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.”

While Electronic Arts’ component teams handle the console market for Star Wars titles, Disney retains certain rights to the mobile, tablet, and online spheres. While the agreement will span years, no financial details were disclosed.

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This Deal Is Getting Worse All The Time – Disney Shuts Down Lucasarts

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This Deal Is Getting Worse All The Time – Disney Shuts Down Lucasarts

Few studios have made a lasting and important impression in the gaming industry. Some of the biggest franchises of the last two generations are new IP’s from upstart studios, and while they produce brilliant work, I really don’t feel anything when names like Naughty Dog, Bungie or Treyarch are thrown around.

But if you say Bethesda, Bioware, or Lucasarts, my eyes light up. I’m ten years old again, earnestly clicking through dialogue in my parents’ computer room. My big eyes are awash in the warm glow of a gigantic monitor with a two-liter of soda tucked between my knees, a soft blanket wrapped around my shoulders, and not a care in the world.

Today another part of that childhood is forever cemented as past. Disney has announced that they’re shutting down Lucasarts, and I have to say my feelings are more than a little hurt.

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Interview with Epic Mickey 2 Composer Jim Dooley

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Interview with Epic Mickey 2 Composer Jim Dooley

Disney’s Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is right around the corner, and I had the privilege of speaking with the game’s composer, Jim Dooley at his studio in Santa Monica.

An acclaimed composer and a fan of Disney, Jim has previously worked on such film, television, and video game projects such as Madagascar, The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning, Pushing Daisies, WilfredInfamous, and countless other works.

In addition to talk about Epic Mickey 2, Jim had much to say about his projects both past and future, as well as his experiences in composing music.

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Disney Pixar Announces Temple Run Brave, Showcases First 31 Minutes of Brave

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Disney Pixar Announces Temple Run Brave, Showcases First 31 Minutes of Brave

Disney Interactive and Pixar have partnered with Imangi Studios to release an expanded version of Imangi’s hit mobile game Temple Run as Temple Run: Brave, showcased alongside an advance screening of the first 31 minutes of Pixar’s upcoming film at the Pixar campus on March 29th.

Temple Run: Brave features all the core mechanics of the incredibly popular (with over 80 million downloads) mobile app – an endless runner where the player is scored based on how far they manage to get from their pursuer, controlled by gestures. Players take control of Brave’s heroine Merida as she flees from the “demon bear” Mordu through improved environments inspired by the Scottish countryside, sliding, jumping, turning – and shooting targets, thanks to the new archery mechanic introduced with the game. While doing so, they collect coins allowing them to purchase various power-ups and accomplish Achievements to compete with friends.

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Pixar Announces Its Thirteenth Movie: Brave

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Pixar Announces Its Thirteenth Movie: Brave

I don’t know about you guys, but Pixar movies always give me a huge nerdgasm. Heck, make that animated movies in general. Something about the classic fairytale storyline coupled with the gorgeous 3D rendering just gets me every time. So as a Pixar nerd and part-time feminist, I was especially excited to hear that Pixar recently released stills of its thirteenth release, Brave.

Pixar’s latest concoction will take place in a fictitious realm within the Scottish highlands. As with many Disney/Pixar movies, the lead character is a headstrong young woman who is determined to prove herself in the face of adversity. In Brave, the lead, Merida, is a fiery princess with a penchant for archery, which leads to trouble for herself and the rest of the kingdom. Read on to find out more about the film, and to seen recently released screenshots.

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