Two days ago, on Monday (January 11), Lucasfilm Games was resurrected. Now it is in full speed with today’s announcement that Ubisoft will develop a Star Wars game.
— Ubisoft (@Ubisoft) January 13, 2021
The game will be developed by Ubisoft Massive, the studio behind The Division. We did not get details about what to expect, but the decision to have a team who has worked exclusively on games as a service might indicate what we might get from the sci-fi swashbuckling IP. The only thing we do know is that this will be an open world adventure experience, a genre that fits the company’s brand.
Previously EA had a decade-long deal to develop its own Star Wars games. Now with Lucasfilm Games, it seems to go about it the same way Marvel does as it licenses to various studios, rather than having the exclusivity for one publisher to have control. It marked this path yesterday (January 12) with the announcement that MachineGames, the minds behind the current Wolfenstein series, will have a whack at Indiana Jones.
In the eight years EA had its stand in the galaxy that is far, far away, we have had two Battlefront releases, Jedi: Fallen Order, and the latest with Squadrons. Within that time, it canceled three projects codenamed Ragtag, Orca, and Viking.
Lucasfilm Games plans on plenty more Star Wars announcements through the year. Expect EA to retain its right to publish and develop titles within the IP, along with other outside studios like we got today.
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