Ubisoft is developing an open world Star Wars game
With the relaunch of the Lucasfilm Games banner, it appears the company is opening its doors to other developers for its Star Wars games.
In a post on the official Star Wars blog, Lucasfilm Games VP, Douglas Reilly, announced that Ubisoft developer, Massive Entertainment, is currently developing an open-world Star Wars game.
“We’re really excited about an opportunity to work with the team at Massive, led by David Polfeldt and the creative director, Julian Gerighty. We’ve spent almost a year now, working to get to know them and what they want to bring to the table,” Reilly said. “I’m a huge fan of them, personally. I think we’re really excited about where that project is going because they have a unique vision for the story and the game they want to deliver.
“We know that fans of Star Wars value the feeling of immersion — of being transported into the Star Wars galaxy and moving through richly-detailed environments,” Reilly added. “It’s fun to imagine what the team at Massive can do within Star Wars by bringing their innovative spirit and their commitment to quality.”
Massive Entertainment is the same team behind The Division and The Division 2, and while we don’t know the setting or the characters for the Ubisoft game, it will be developed using the same Snowdrop game engine.
“The vast Star Wars lore is an incredible source of inspiration for our teams,” said Yves Guillemot, co-founder and CEO of Ubisoft, in a statement. “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.”
“This is a lore that we love, and we want to do it justice with a game and story that bring both lifelong and new fans on an immersive and outstanding journey that will stay with them for years,” Gerighty added.
There also hasn’t been any word on a release window for the game, which brings up the question about the Lucasfilm Games relationship with EA and its exclusive license to the Star Wars IP until at least 2023. While the details of the licensing deal might have been renegotiated between Lucasfilm and EA (especially after the loot box fiasco around Battlefront 2), it is possible we won’t see the Ubisoft game until the exclusivity deal expires in two years.
Either way, EA, in response to the Ubisoft/Star Wars announcement, said they’re not going anywhere.
“We are proud of our long-standing collaboration with Lucasfilm Games, which will continue for years to come,” the company said in a statement to Wired. “Our talented teams have created some of the most successful games in the history of the Star Wars franchise, including Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Star Wars: Battlefront and Battlefront II, Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, and Star Wars: Squadrons. We love Star Wars, and we look forward to creating more exciting experiences for players to enjoy.”
“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.”