Lucasfilm Games Announces New ‘Star Wars’ Title In Development

Lucasfilm Games (per Wired) just announced that they’ll be working on a new Star Wars title alongside Ubisoft’s Massive Entertainment.

Previously, the Star Wars brand had an alleged 10-year exclusivity deal with EA, but this news implies that all bets are off in that regard.

While many may see a shift from EA to Ubisoft as something of a lateral move in terms of the franchise’s outlook, Massive Entertainment has fair gaming chops, having worked on both titles in The Division franchise. Both of which achieved a fairly positive response on their release. It’s hard not to imagine a similar sort of concept being well suited to the Star Wars universe.

Details are scant at this point in time. All we really know is that the game will be built in Massive Entertainment’s proprietary Snowdrop engine, further indicating that the game may follow a similar format to The Division‘s open-world MMO-Lite mechanics.

It’s worth mentioning that this doesn’t mean that EA won’t be working on any more future Star Wars titles. In an exclusive with Wired, Disney’s Sean Shoptaw was quoted as saying: “EA has been and will continue to be a very strategic and important partner for us now and going forward.” This isn’t entirely surprising, given the relatively recent rework and eventual success of Star Wars Battlefront 2 from 2017. It’d be hard to see any other publisher having the capabilities to create that kind of polished experience in the first-person shooter genre.

This, alongside yesterday’s announcement of their new Indiana Jones title, in partnership with Bethesda, tells us that Lucasfilm Games is certainly focused on becoming big players. The unlimited Disney money behind them seems to be granting them some dream partnerships as far as the industry goes. So there’s no doubt that they’ll be one to keep an eye on as time goes by. Watch this space for further developments.

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