While Lucasfilm Games has just announced alongside Bethesda the development of an Indiana Jones game, the firm announces a new Open World based on Star Wars, developed at Ubisoft within the Massive Entertainment studio!
It’s a (very) big announcement that tumbles a bit without warning. According to information reported by Wired, the publisher Ubisoft is partnering with Lucasfilm games to create a new Open World based on the Star Wars universe! This will be the very first game based on the Star Wars franchise developed outside the publisher. Electronic Arts, which had purchased the operating rights for the video game license from Disney.
This announcement does not mean that EA will stop developing Star Wars games. Quoted by Wired, Sean Shoptaw, senior vice president of the Interactive Division at Disney, said: “EA has been, and continues to be, a very important strategic partner for us. But we felt there was room for others.”
It’s in the care of the Scandinavian studio Massive Entertainment than Ubisoft entrusts the project. A studio well known to gamers for being behind the two opus of Tom Clancy’s The Division. Little is known about this future Open World Star Wars; the studio is currently still in the recruitment phase and in the pre-production stage.
In 2012, when EA won the auction for the use of the Star Wars license on the video game side, the company told its shareholders that it was a long-term deal, lasting around ten years. . But the deal is valid until 2023. With this big announcement (we can already imagine a game of the colossal size of the last opus Assassin’s Creed Valhalla…) and the one concerning the development of a new game based on the license Indiana Jones on the Bethesda side, Lucasfilm games seems to be firing on all cylinders.