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As announced yesterday, Disney, Lucasfilm and Ubisoft have entered a new agreement to develop a shiny new Star Wars game, and it will be an open-world, yet story-driven title.
This isn't the end of Star Wars games made by Electronic Arts, mind. The company mentioned that players will see more games from its subsidiaries from a galaxy far, far away, and that it "look[s] forward to continuing our partnership with Lucasfilm Games." So, it's brilliant news for those who loved Star Wars Squadrons, adored Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and its anticipated sequel, and for Star Wars Battlefront 3, which might be in the works at EA. However, it is rather exciting that the license to produce Star Wars games is going to go to a new developer, and one that says that the "vast Star Wars lore is an incredible source of inspiration for our teams."
Massive Entertainment, known for the Tom Clancy's The Division series, will be overlooking the development of an open-world and story-driven Star Wars game, and Ubisoft is thrilled. "This is the beginning of a long-term collaboration with Disney and Lucasfilm Games, and we are pleased to be working hand-in-hand to build upon the incredible legacy of Lucasfilm to create a game that we know Star Wars fans will love," said CEO Yves Guillemot. Managing director at Massive Entertainment David Polfelt added that "having the opportunity to build upon this incredible legacy of Star Wars feels extremely exciting and rewarding for all of us."
This game will be "original and unforgettable," and details are understandably light on the ground owing to the very early stage that the project is presently in. Creative director Julian Gerighty expressed that this will be a "departure" from the constants of The Division games, though I imagine it will be a third-person shooter with RPG elements. Possibly, the game could place players in the boots of a rebel with an affinity for the Force, which could be built up depending on the combat approach that the player aims for. "We truly look forward to creating something totally different from what we have done in the past, while upping the bar for the industry," continued Gerighty. It will also benefit from the Snowdrop engine, which is a "future-forward piece of tech" pushing the envelope of the capabilities of the new hardware inside the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5.
Massive Entertainment assures that it will be able to balance the new Star Wars game alongside its other AAA undertakings (that's the untitled Avatar game, if it's slipped your mind). Ergo, it added that it is always recruiting, and welcomes experienced candidates to check out its career page on its website. The future is bright for Star Wars fans, and we'll keep you in the loop if further announcements arise.
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