EA Obtains Exclusive Rights To Star Wars (via Joystiq)
This is one of the scenarios I was afraid of when I heard that Lucas Arts was getting shut down. Lucas Arts had become a pale shadow of its former self. Putting it out to pasture was not a mistake. But the loss of Lucas Arts opened the door for something like THIS to happen!
Now a single publisher, and EA no less, has exclusive access to the Star Wars license for producing video games. While this could lead to one or two decent titles, it will also hamstring any and all competition between potential Star Wars licensees. It's the NFL exclusive Madden license all over again.
If anyone else thinks this is a positive development, please state the arguments for your position. At the moment, I am hard-pressed to even imagine a scenario where this works out well for consumers, or Star Wars game development.