The "mobile, social, tablet and online game categories" quote is clipped from a press release, not based directly on the language of the contract (which is sure to spell out in significant details which company gets the rights to which type of games). EA and Disney are the only ones privy to the full text of the contract, so all we have is educated guesswork based on what they've said about it.
The full sentence that the quote comes from
reads: "While EA studios will develop for the core Star Wars gaming audience
, Disney Interactive will focus on delivering new Star Wars games for casual audiences
on mobile, social, tablet, and online gaming platforms."
An MMO doesn't really fit the bill for "causal audiences", and more likely falls under the mandate for EA: "the creation of new high quality Star Wars games aimed at the core gaming audience
and spanning multiple genres for console, PC, mobile, and tablets."
When it comes to Star Wars games, singleplayer is the "core". Battlefront, 1313 ( unfortunately canceled ), the original KotORs', Jedi Knight, etc, etc.
SWtoR for example is the epitome of a game for the casual market. F2P with a cash shop, little difficulty, designed to be played for a couple hours a week ( and the main reason so many left right after launch ( no content ) because EAware only thought people would play for that 2-3 hours a week ).
And I just don't understand how so few people can understand that online is online, doesn't matter what platform or if it's in a browser, online is online and EA does not have exclusive rights to online. You think EA wouldn't be crowing about if if they did? You think EA wouldn't have it in their investor report as a sign of future stability, along the lines of "We have obtained exclusive rights to all future Star Wars mmo development" if they actually had?
If EA had exclusive online rights, we wouldn't be here discussing it now. EA would have plastered that everywhere they could long before now.
And most importantly, if they had exclusive online rights, there wouldn't be another online Star Wars game in beta right now without any EA involvement..