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Wall Street Asked EA Why There's No 'Episode 7' Game And The Answer Was Surprising

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Shares of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) were trading lower by nearly 7 percent early Friday morning following its third quarter results.

Following Electronic Arts' earnings release, management hosted a conference call with analysts to further discuss its performance and outlook.

The Wall Street Journal noted that during the conference call, company executives said they have no plans to include Rey, Finn or any new "Star Wars" characters that were introduced in the latest film in upcoming expansion packs.

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Electronic Arts' "Star Wars: Battlefront" game is based on the science-fiction franchise's original trilogy. Meanwhile, Walt Disney Co (NYSE: DIS)'s "The Force Awakens" film is set 30 years after "Return of the Jedi."

"You can't make a game in 'Star Wars' that violates the canon of 'Star Wars,'" Electronic Arts chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen was quoted as saying during the conference call. "Meaning, you can't take something from the future and bring it back into the past unless it's a reference."

Jorgensen did state that newer characters could show up in a "Battlefront" sequel but the company hasn't yet released any details about when a new game would be released.

"We're trying to stay tightly connected to the ‘Star Wars' beat for future movies, and we will obviously in future Star Wars games be able to tap the new characters and vehicles and so forth," Jorgensen said.

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