It has been announced that Ubisoft is partnering with Lucasfilms and Disney to create a new Star Wars game. Although EA has been the only developer allowed the privilege of adding to the galaxy far far away's lore in the last decade, that exclusivity has ended and Ubisoft is now working with Disney to produce a new open-world Star War title.
Reported by Wired, EA no longer has exclusivity on creating Star Wars games, and Ubisoft Massive will be the first new studio to work with Disney on bringing new and exciting stories to games. What that story will involve, when it will be set in the saga's timeline and almost every other detail about the title are still well-kept secrets, but we do know that it's going to be open-world, which is incredibly exciting.
Despite EA working as the sole game producer for Star Wars titles since 2012, it's reported by Wired that Disney thought that there was "room for others" in Star Wars game development. Ubisoft is known for its rich open-worlds, especially in the Assassin's Creed series, so it seems like a great fit for a more expansive game when compared to EA's Jedi: Fallen Order or Star Wars: Squadrons.
And better yet, this non-exclusive contract means that development studios are welcome to continue pitching game ideas to Lucasfilm. It's now an opportunity for other studios to "play with [Lucasilms'] toys" as VP of Lucasfilm Games, Douglas Reilly tells Wired.
Yves Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft comments on the new partnership, saying "The Star Wars galaxy is an amazing source of motivation for our teams to innovate and push the boundaries of our medium. Building new worlds, characters and stories that will become lasting parts of the Star Wars lore is an incredible opportunity for us, and we are excited to have our Ubisoft Massive studio working closely with Lucasfilm Games to create an original Star Wars adventure that is different from anything that has been done before."
We look forward to seeing what Lucasfilm Games and Ubisoft end up making with one another - it's an exciting time for video game and film collaborations between this project and the Indiana Jones game Bethesda and Machine Games are working on.
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