Lucasfilm Games has been busy tapping developers across the gaming landscape with news of Bethesda coming up with an Indiana Jones game. And to add to the plans of the imprint, Lucasfilm Games also connects with Ubisoft Massive – the development team behind the Division game – to spearhead a new Star Wars game title.
So what do we know about this planned Star Wars franchise game? For starters, the Star Wars title is set to be an open-world game. Julian Gerighty of Ubisoft Massive will serve as creative director on the unnamed Star Wars project, which will be built on the Snowdrop engine.
Now one other piece of information is made clear, albeit a point that unearths itsefl through omission and informed deduction. The outsourcing of developers outside of EA would suggest Lucasfilm has reneged, altered or invoked some form of a clause that rendered their working agreement with EA null. EA was given U.S. publisher exclusivity on Star Wars games. until 2023.
No confirmation on this, though with a rebrand and makeover, one can expect a Stella-Got-Her-Groove -Back type of spreading of love among new developers and suitors. Don’t take our word for it, listen to Lucasfilm Games Vice President Douglas Reilly:
We’re looking to work with best-in-class teams that can make great games across all of our IP.
We’re really proud of the games we have created with EA. We will continue working with them and our relationship has never been stronger. 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.
So, EA still can hit, but exclusivity is still out of the question. Little hussie.
EA’s microtransactional sister of course was pleased, with Ubisoft chief exec Yves Guillemot citing the partnership as the “beginning of a long-term collaboration”:
The vast Star Wars lore is an incredible source of inspiration for our teams. This is the beginning of a long-term collaboration with Disney and Lucasfilm Games, and we are pleased to be working hand-in-hand to build upon the incredible legacy of Lucasfilm to create a game that we know Star Wars fans will love.
And with the grounds open for new developers to get their hands on Star Wars rich lore and fans, just maybe we can get some variety and see a few dreams of ours made true.