Ubisoft has been charged with creating a story-driven and open-world Star Wars video game in partnership with Lucasfilm’s games division. The announcement is due to be made by the former Swedish studio Massive Entertainment, but very little specifics have currently been revealed at this stage, apart from the use of the Snowdrop engine behind Ubisoft’s The Division series.
For the uninitiated, if the mention of Ubisoft doesn’t have the freak juices going, here’s why it should – having built its credibility on wildly popular open-world franchises such as Assassin’s Creed (though don’t hold any of the new installments against them), Watchdogs, Far Cry, and more… it’s fair to assume they have the necessary CV for the gig.
And as proven by material like Disney+’s The Mandalorian, the mythology of Star Wars is positively abundant in exploration when properly performed.
“The vast Star Wars lore is an incredible source of inspiration for our teams,” said Yves Guillemot, CEO & Co-Founder of Ubisoft.
“This is the beginning of a long-term collaboration with Disney and Lucasfilm Games, and we’re pleased to work hand-in-hand to build on Lucasfilm’s incredible legacy to create a game that we know Star Wars fans will love.”
This announcement also marks the end of the exclusive relationship between Lucasfilm and Electronic Arts (EA) to develop Star Wars-related video game material. When asked about the matter, here’s what they (graciously) had to say.
“We are proud of our long-standing collaboration with Lucasfilm Games, which will continue for years to come,” reads EA’s comment to The Verge.
“Our talented teams have produced 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 look forward to creating more exciting experiences for players to enjoy.”
In the coming years, Disney could have more than one hit video game on their side. Less than a week ago, it was announced that the company had launched Indiana Jones in the works, who are currently being done by the other major dogs in this area, Bethesda (Elder Scrolls series, Fallout series). While Bethesda has already made a name for itself with open-world experiences, it is not clear if the style would be adopted for their own project.
It might be a while before we have another substantial update re: the open-world Star Wars video game, but we’ll be sure to update you with all the pressing information when they come in. In the meantime, check out what we hope is going to look like below.