Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Hot on the heels of yesterday's announcement of a new Indiana Jones game in the works at Wolfenstein developer and Bethesda studio MachineGames, it appears that Lucasfilm is forging partnerships beyond EA for Star Wars games, with Ubisoft enlisting The Division developer Massive Entertainment for a new title set in a galaxy far, far away.
As revealed by WIRED, Ubisoft has joined forces with Lucasfilm for what's believed to be a possible open-world Star Wars title, seemingly marking the end to EA's exclusivity deal for Star Wars games. 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.
According to the report, EA will continue to make Star Wars games alongside Lucasfilm, but other developers will now be involved, throwing the doors open to a range of studios to make titles based on Lucasfilm properties.
“EA has been and will continue to be a very strategic and important partner for us now and going forward,” commented Sean Shoptaw, Sr. VP of Global Games and Interactive Experiences at Disney. “But we did feel like there's room for others.”
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot added: “The Star Wars galaxy is an amazing source of motivation for our teams to innovate and push the boundaries of our medium. Building new worlds, characters and stories that will become lasting parts of the Star Wars lore is an incredible opportunity for us, and we are excited to have our Ubisoft Massive studio working closely with Lucasfilm Games to create an original Star Wars adventure that is different from anything that has been done before.”
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 get no shortage of folks knocking on our door, wanting to play with our toys,” said Douglas Reilly, VP of Lucasfilm Games. “Ultimately, we have final approval over everything.”
Expect more details regarding Ubisoft and Massive Entertainment's Star Wars game in the future, as well as more from EA on other potential Star Wars titles, like the rumoured sequel to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
We’re thrilled to announce we are working with @Ubisoft and @UbiMassive to develop a brand-new, story-driven, open-world Star Wars adventure!Learn more about the future of @LucasfilmGames in the Star Wars galaxy and beyond: https://t.co/uO1K1pivl2 pic.twitter.com/wRDccZvi3o— Lucasfilm Games (@LucasfilmGames) January 13, 2021
We’re thrilled to announce we are working with @Ubisoft and @UbiMassive to develop a brand-new, story-driven, open-world Star Wars adventure!Learn more about the future of @LucasfilmGames in the Star Wars galaxy and beyond: https://t.co/uO1K1pivl2 pic.twitter.com/wRDccZvi3o
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