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Dark Horse Comics will end its Star Wars partnership in 2015

With the New Year comes new beginnings and Disney is starting off with major changes for the future. One of those changes are the pulling of all marvel based video games, an assortment list games have already bit the dust, Spider-Man games Edge of Time, Shattered Dimensions, Friend or Foe, and Web of Shadows, as well as X-Men entries Destiny, Origins: Wolverine,  So how The Amazing Spider-Man game hasn’t been removed form shelves. Digital stores like Steam, Xbox Live and PSN have also taken down its marvel collection of games.

Just recently Disney made another move with the Star Wars franchise; first they announced a new Star Wars Episode VII film with J.J. Abrams as the supposed Director,then at the start of this year they ended its partnership with Dark horse. For years Dark horse has kept the Star Wars franchise alive through its comic publications, Dark horse rep Mike Richardson released this statement:

The End of an Era

All things come to pass. So too, do all licensed deals. I am sad to report that Disney, the new owner of Lucasfilm, has notified us here at Dark Horse of their intention to move the Star Wars publishing license to another of their recent acquisitions, Marvel Comics, beginning in 2015. This will end a partnership that has lasted more than two decades.

For those who are new to the industry, Dark Horse revolutionized the treatment of comics based on films. After a history of movie properties being poorly handled with little regard for execution and continuity, Dark Horse took a new approach, carefully choosing licenses and approaching them with excitement and creative energy. Our goal was to create sequels and prequels to the films we loved, paying careful attention to quality and detail, essentially treating those films as though they were our own. Star Wars has been the crown jewel of this approach. We began chasing the title as far back as 1989, and with the launch of Tom Veitch and Cam Kennedy’s Dark Empire, a new era in comics was born. I’m not ashamed to admit that we were Star Wars geeks, and we have been determined to spare neither effort nor expense in the pursuit of excellence.

It is ironic that this announcement comes at a time when Dark Horse is experiencing its most successful year ever. For obvious reasons, we have prepared for this eventuality by finding new and exciting projects to place on our schedule for 2015 and beyond. Will they take the place of Star Wars? That’s a tall order, but we will do our best to make that happen. In the meantime, 2014 may be our last year at the helm of the Star Wars comics franchise, but we plan to make it a memorable one. We know that fans of the franchise will expect no less. The Force is with us still.

Mike Richardson

As you can see Disney has plans for the franchise, and let’s hopes they can’t continue the success Dark horse has established. As for Dark Horse, the loss of the Star Wars license is a significant loss, but with its future and present franchises they have established the loss shouldn’t affect them in the long run and recent news has stated so (Year Of The Horse).The concern most fans have with this move is that Disney will not give the Comics the proper attention it deserves.

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