Ever since 2013 when it was announced that EA would be the exclusive publisher of Star Wars games, many fans expressed disappointment at the fact that they wouldn’t get to see some of their favourite developers tackle the IP. While the agreement in place won’t expire until 2023, Ubisoft has now announced that it will be developing its own Star Wars title, opening the floodgates for many more experiences in a galaxy far, far away.
Making the announcement on starwars.com, Lucasfilm Games reveal that “The Star Wars gaming galaxy is about to experience its own Big Bang” as Lucasfilm Games have been “working quietly behind the scenes for a while now, waiting for this moment.”
As part of this ‘moment’, “Lucasfilm Games and Ubisoft are collaborating on a new story-driven, open-world Star Wars game”. The game will be developed by Massive Entertainment, who are known best for being the studio behind The Division series of games. According to Lucasfilm Games, “We’ve spent almost a year now, working to get to know them [Massive Entertainment] and what they want to bring to the table,” adding that “they have a unique vision for the story and the game they want to deliver.”
Lucasfilm Games concluded by claiming that “This is just the beginning of what I think is going to be a very exciting year for Lucasfilm Games”. While the EA and Lucasfilm partnership brought with it some well-regarded titles, it also caused much controversy. As such, it is exciting to see Lucasfilm branching out and offering its intellectual properties to other studios, as ultimately it should lead to greater and more varied gaming experiences for fans of these IPs.
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