Ubisoft and Lucasfilm Games have announced today that the companies are teaming up to bring a brand new Star Wars game to players in the near future. Details at the moment are extremely sparse, and this comes just a day after Lucasfilm Games handed Bethesda the reigns to a brand new Indiana Jones games.
What we do know is that Ubisoft will be creating an open-world Star Wars game and the studio behind it is Ubisoft Massive, which previously brought us The Division and The Division 2. The development house will be sticking to what it knows by utilising Massive’s Snowdrop engine, which has been used across multiple Ubisoft games.
And that’s about it. We don’t have any hint as to what era the game will take place, which characters will feature, or even what kind of game it will be. Single-player? Semi-MMO, like The Divison 2? Or will it be something completely different but still supported by the tried-and-tested framework that Ubisoft has built its open-world games on for the last decade? We’ll have to wait and see. But one thing we do know is that EA no longer holds exclusivity for the Star Wars franchise in the gaming space – and that’s a good thing.
Over EA’s tenure as Star Wars keyholder, we’ve had a couple of Battlefronts, one single-player action game and one flight-focused title. Not much, considering that EA has had the license for the past eight years…
That’s not to say that EA won’t continue to make Star Wars games; it will. Speaking to Wired, Sean Shoptaw, senior vice president of Global Games and Interactive Experiences at Disney, said “EA has been and will continue to be a very strategic and important partner for us now and going forward,” but also noted “we did feel like there’s room for others.”
Either way, it can only be good for us players. And, hopefully, Ubisoft will take the opportunity to make something special rather than one of its existing franchises with a Star Wars skin. Though, saying that, would anyone actually be mad if we got Assassin’s Creed: Star Wars?