Ubisoft creates open-world Star Wars game, ending EA exclusivity

Ubisoft creates open-world Star Wars game, ending EA exclusivity

Lucasfilm Games has announced the creation of a new open-world Star Wars game with publisher Ubisoft, which will be developed by The Division developer Ubisoft Massive. The news was first revealed by Wired and later developed by Lucasfilm itself, who described the moment as a "Big Bang" for Star Wars games. This marks the end of EA's exclusive license to develop games based on the Star Wars franchise, which was announced in 2013. Now Lucasfilm wants to work with a large number of developers to bring the games to life using the IP address of The Company: As the recent Indiana Jones game announcement indicates, it's not just limited to Star Wars. "We look to work with the best teams that can create great games through our IP," Lucasfilm Games vice president Douglas Reilly told StarWars.com. “We have a team of professionals here at Lucasfilm Games who can work with developers, shape stories, shape creation, shape games, really resonate with fans and deliver them on a wide range of platforms, from genres and experiences so all of our fans can enjoy the IPs they know and love. EA will continue to make Star Wars games, and Reilly teases that "several projects" are underway at the publisher. It seems likely that EA wants to make a sequel to its Jedi Fallen Order game, which is mass-selling 10 million copies. Wait that more projects will be announced this year by the new label Lucasfilm Games."This is just the beginning of what I think will be a very exciting year for Lucasfilm Games," says Reilly.Last week marked the resurgence of the brand for the first time in a long time, and these announcements are a sign of things to come. Reilly says he will "continue to announce projects that are more representative of the legacy of the old Lucasfilm games that we're now trying to live by." Ubisoft's new Star Wars game, except that it will be directed by Ubisoft's Julian Geraghty and will be made using the Snowdrop game engine Wired characterizes the development as "very early".

Has been?

EA's deal to make Star Wars games would have been a 10-year exclusivity deal, and as Jason Schreier, a well-connected Bloomberg reporter, pointed out, it doesn't appear to have been renewed after 2023. < p lang="en" dir ="ltr">With today's news that Ubisoft Massive is making a Star Wars game, it's official that EA's Exclusive Agreement will not be renewed after 2023. Good news for Star Wars fans and possibly even EA , whose current executives inherited a licensing deal they never wanted on 13, 2021. Wired's report mentions that Lucasfilm Games won't comment on the timing of the deal with EA, so it's a mystery how that affected what's just been announced. EA has had a mixed history with Star Wars, and its output has been pretty low considering licensing for nearly eight years, but its recent form has been pretty good. Jedi Fallen Order, Squadrons, and the revamped Battlefront 2 are great examples of developers who have managed to push the galaxy far, far away in existing game genres. However, it's hard not to think that there are some missed opportunities along the way. EA owns Knights of the Old Republic developers BioWare, but there hasn't been a single-player Star Wars RPG yet. EA completely canceled a cinematic action game called Project Ragtag, which was from the creator of the Uncharted series. More options for Star Wars fans is a good thing, and potentially opens the door for more unusual takes on the saga in the gaming space.