EA: Star Wars Games to Be Arkham-y
Batman: Arkham Whatever is a series of probably the best received games featuring the Caped Crusader. Well, strap yourself in, kids, because supposedly Star Wars is next up for a similar high quality ride. Speaking to Fortune, CEO Andrew Wilson said, among other things, that Star Wars games are not going to follow the upcoming movies.
Or, in his words, "What Warner Bros. did with Batman was take the core roots of that IP and manifest that inside the walls of Gotham City and delivered an interactive experience that had real ties to what you would see in the films and what you had read in the comics, while having its own life because it could provide such deep and more immersive storylines."
While "deep" and "immersive" are big words coming from EA (they did bungle up Mass Effect 3 and Syndicate remake), Andrew did take the reigns pretty late (September last year) so most of the more famous blunders are not his fault. Maybe there's hope yet.
Also: "When we look at the Star Wars properties that's how we're looking at it. We're not trying to build a game that replicates the storyline of any particular film."
Not following the movies is a good idea in general. Just look at X-Men Origins: Wolverine game, which would have been a lot better had it not tried to follow the movie (it was still better than the cinematic version). Among other things mentioned was some idle chatter about yearly, bi-yearly, and glorious five year plan games, but the gist is this: Star Wars games at least have the chance to be good. Hopefully, Star Wars: Battlefront won't have the problems of Battlefield 4.