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Ubisoft's Star Wars Game Was Greenlit After Disney Saw Avatar Game

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Ubisoft's Star Wars Game Was Greenlit After Disney Saw Avatar Game

We've all very excited at the prospect of the Ubisoft Star Wars game, right? It was reported not long ago that the Lucasfilm agreement with EA was coming to an end and it would not be renewed, allowing other developers to pitch Star Wars games to Disney. The first announcement to come out of this contract change was that Ubisoft was working on an open-world Star Wars title, but it turns out that it was another franchise altogether that convinced Disney to get on board with it.

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According to IGN, Disney only accepted the Ubisoft Star Wars games once it had a meeting about the upcoming Avatar game. Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora was one of the many reveals of E3 and it looks phenomenal. It obviously proves that Ubisoft is capable of making a game based on a film that looks and sounds incredible, and it was what Disney needed to be convinced of an open-world Star Wars game.

Here is the trailer for Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora...

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IGN interviewed SVP of Walt Disney Games Sean Shoptaw and revealed that when Disney acquired Fox, the Avatar game was already in development and Disney met with Ubisoft Massive to discuss its plans. At that point, the passion of both teams led to ideas of a Star War game blossoming, and now it's officially in production.

The SVP says, "That first meeting we had with Massive around the Avatar game after we acquired Fox was really the jumping off point for the Star Wars game. There was such alignment and such creative passion around the Star Wars IP from that team that it just was a natural evolution to the relationship, and really led to the Star Wars game we announced not too long ago."

Shoptaw says it wasn't just Massive's pitch that led to the decision to make the game, the Star Wars team already had aspirations for it too. It seems Disney and Ubisoft both knew the potential of the project before it began and also took into consideration "what fans have asked for and have wanted for long periods of time".

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Right now the Star Wars game is completely under wraps. We have no name, no setting, and not even concept art to speculate on, but we look forward to hearing more in the future. However, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, is set to release sometime in 2022.

Featured Image Credit: Ubisoft / EA

Topics: Disney, Movies, News, Ubisoft

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