recent deal with Disney
over the Star Wars video game license will extend for the next decade
, meaning that any dreams of a non-EA Star Wars MMO are going to have to wait until 2023 or beyond.
EA remains committed to the ongoing development of Star Wars: The Old Republic
, and the publisher has given the go-head for a Battlefront
Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen
commented on SWTOR's
rocky first year: "Yes the original expectations obviously were very, very large, and obviously the multiplayer MMO world has -- the popularly has come down over time and we tried to restructure the Star Wars business to better match the economics. It's a great business that's very repeatable. We brought the economics in line so it's a profitable business for us."