Tuesday, 02 March, 2021

Open World Star Wars Game in Development at Ubisoft

Ubisoft and Massive Entertainment announce open-world Star Wars game New Star Wars Open World Video Game on the Way
Cary Erickson | 13 January, 2021, 20:13

A few hours after announcing a brand new Indiana Jones-centered video game, Lucasfilm Games Vice-President Douglas Reilly revealed in an extended interview their recent collaboration with Ubisoft to bring a new story-driven, open-world Star Wars game to life (via SuperHeroHype). The Crew and The Division 2 director Julian Gerighty is said to be heading up the project at Massive as Creative Director, using the same Snowdrop Engine that powered The Division and its sequel. "The Star Wars galaxy is an incredible source of motivation for our teams to innovate and push the boundaries of our medium", said the Ubisoft CEO. The Ubisoft title represents the first major Star Wars game not produced at Electronic Arts in nearly a decade.

Lucasfilm notes that it has numerous studios all seeking to take on Lucasfilm games, with Ubisoft's Star Wars project and Bethesda's Indiana Jones game the tip of the iceberg.

We'll hopefully have some updates soon, but for now, let us know what you think of this exciting news in the usual place.

Now, we've got new word on the first Star Wars game to be coming from a publisher that isn't Electronic Arts. An open-world Star Wars game, no longer under the thumb of EA.

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Lucasfilm Games also shared a brief teaser on their socials.

Ubisoft won't be the only studio producing Star Wars games, as other developers will now have a chance to pitch their ideas as well. There was definitely a big step up with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, but the game still had some issues that displeased fans.

"We're really proud of the games we have created with EA", Reilly added. We will continue working with them and our relationship has never been stronger. Lucasfilm also told Wired that all Star Wars games would continue to be treated as canon alongside the film TV, book, and comic releases. "While we may not have a lot of details to share at the moment, we've got a number of projects underway with the talented teams at EA". EA stated back in 2013 that the deal would last for 10 years, but there's been no indication if that deal was misstated or if either party (likely Disney) has backed out early. But I can't imagine EA is working on anything new that isn't tied to those franchises in some capacity.