EA Speaks on Stellar Scandals

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Dan August 22nd 2016, 14:08:22 Gaming Industry News
In an interview with GameInformer, EA Executive Vice President 'Patrick Soderlund' shed some light on the controversy surrounding the shut down of the popular Star Wars fan-game, Galaxy in Turmoil.

The project, which aimed to recreate the Battlefront games in a "true-to-legacy" style, was shut down with a cease and desist letter earlier this year. The game, which had already dropped Star Wars from its title to avoid copyright infringement, had recently gained access to publishing on Steam and seemed well on its way to release.

In the interview, Soderlund mentions that he used to play mods such as the Desert Combat and various World War overhauls for the old Battlefield games, and that he himself see no badness in the presence of mods or fan-games. He does, however, point out that it's entirely a business matter and implies that if EA had the full say in the matter, it would likely have been allowed to stand.

"It's a lot easier for us to make decisions for brands that we fully own. When it comes to something as big and well-known as Star Wars, there are so many other parts that come into play,"

Soderlund went on to state that Frontwire(developers of Galaxy in Turmoil) should not feel discouraged by the cease and desist letter at all. The project, which has since vowed to drop all Star Wars references and instead focus on a hundred percent custom assets, still does not have a release date.

Comments (7)

  1. Lord Rumpuss V
    Oh yeah spin it baby.
    Reply 2016-08-23 07:26:22
  2. Lindale
    As soon as EA was given exclusive rights to Star Wars games, I knew right then and there that we would have no hope for a good Star Wars game ever again.
    Reply 2016-08-23 09:13:14
  3. DumDeDum
    What he's really saying is they chose to act because they didn't want to upset Disney, not nessasarily because they were forced to.
    Reply 2016-08-24 08:36:49
  4. Nittany Tiger
    They should have dropped the pretense.  We all know what EA's thinking.

    "Fan game threat to profits.  Shareholders no like.  Disney no like.  Fan game bad.  Ban.  Buy our Battlefront.  Better game.  Season pass.  Give us money."
    Reply 2016-09-02 14:57:41
  5. Lord Rumpuss V
    DumDeDumWhat he's really saying is they chose to act because they didn't want to upset Disney, not necessarily because they were forced to.

    The Mouse doesn't care in this instance, if they really did then why license it in the first place? Lucas Arts came with the buying out of the SW brand and they could've have jump started the sucker on their own since they have the financial muscle to do so.

    It's all on E.A,  Most of their execs are probably just functioning on one kidney a piece as of right now, since they have to pay DIsney it's due regardless of their failure.

    Reply 2016-09-04 16:59:34
  6. Strazdas
    Ech, i can believe that Disney is the one strongarming this one. Disney is known for being an absolute monster with its properties.
    Reply 2016-09-05 06:44:54
  7. Lord Rumpuss V
    Yes when it comes to things that they do have a stake on. Films, Books T.V shows.

    This one? Not so sure. At best E.A convinced them to throw their weight around a bit. Other than that? It's all E.A.
    Reply 2016-09-06 01:44:39