Disney, EA team on 'Star Wars' video games

Stuart Freeborn also designed the puppet-character Yoda for the "Star Wars" sequel, "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980). Lucasfilm

LOS ANGELES Disney is not giving up on "Star Wars" video games after all.

A month after shutting down game production at Lucasfilm subsidiary LucasArts, The Walt Disney Co. said Monday that it had entered multi-year deal with Electronic Arts Inc. to develop new Star Wars video games.

According to a statement, EA will develop games for a "core gaming audience'' while Disney will retain the right to develop titles for mobile devices, social platforms and online.

Terms were not disclosed.

Disney is aiming to make its money-losing interactive unit profitable this year and shifting some game development costs elsewhere should help.

Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4.06 billion in December. The company said last month that it will release a new Star Wars movie every year starting in 2015.

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