Lucasfilm Games announced today that it’s forming a new partnership with Ubisoft to make a new open-world Star Wars game.
The new story-driven, open-world Star Wars adventure will be developed by Ubisoft’s Massive Entertainment – the Swedish studio known for its work like Tom Clancy’s The Division series.
Since Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, it will be the first time that a company outside of EA will produce a Star Wars game. EA previously suggested that they would keep the Star Wars license exclusively until 2023, but it seems like the clock has run out early.
“EA has been and will continue to be a very strategic and important partner for us now and going forward,” Sean Shoptaw, senior vice president of Global Games and Interactive Experiences at Disney, told WIRED. “But we did feel like there’s room for others.”
However, Ubisoft and Lucasfilm Games did not announce details, release dates, or platforms for the new Star Wars game, although we know that it will be using Massive’s Snowdrop engine.
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.Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said upon the announcement
How do you intend to make it unique? What kind of experience will it bring to the Star Wars galaxy?
Julian Gerighty, creative director of the project answered: “This is a galaxy that we at Massive love, and we want to invite players on a journey they never experienced before in this beloved lore. First, we want to make it a unique game in the saga with a captivating story and set of characters that players can relate to and connect with. We want to take what is familiar and resonant about Star Wars and tell the stories of new characters who have their own motivations and stakes. We have a passion for Star Wars and shared vision with Lucasfilm Games on the kind of original story we want to bring to fans, which makes this a very exciting part of the project.”
Lucasfilm made another surprise collaboration yesterday with Bethesda Softworks and MachineGames to create an Indiana Jones title. The Lucasfilm Games branding will now serve as “the official identity for all gaming titles from Lucasfilm, a name that encompasses the company’s rich catalog of video games and its eye toward the future.”