After the announcement of the game Indiana Jones on Bethesda’s side, the Lucasfilm Games label is talking about it again with an announcement just as unexpected: that of an open-world Star Wars game developed by Massive Entertainment. This marks the start of a collaboration between Disney and Ubisoft.
Certainly, it appears that the re-establishment of the Lucasfilm Games label was hiding much more than one could imagine. Less than 24 hours ago, we learned from Bethesda that a new game Indiana Jones, developed by MachineGames, was currently under development. Now it turns out that he wasn’t the only one. As just revealed Wired, Ubisoft has also entered into a partnership with Lucasfilm Games to produce an open-world Star Wars game, which will be developed by Massive Entertainment., a studio belonging to him.
For the time being, however, we only have very little information about this new project which is still in its early stages. For example, we do not know who will be the characters involved or even the context in which the adventure vis-à-vis the franchise will take place. On the other hand, we know that the title will be developed from Massive’s in-house engine, the Snowdrop Engine, and Julian Gerighty to assume the role of Creative Director. The latter is particularly known for having directed the games The Division 2 and The Crew before that. For his part, Yves Guillemot welcomed this new partnership in a recent press release:
“The richness of the Star Wars universe is a fabulous source of inspiration for our teams. It’s the start of a long-term collaboration with Disney and Lucasfilm Games, and we’re happy to work hand-in-hand to enrich Lucasfilm’s incredible legacy with a game that fans will love. “
Interesting point to note, this will make it so the first Star Wars game since 2013 to be published by someone other than Electronic Arts, which until then had an exclusive deal with Disney and Lucasfilm. Effective until 2023, it will therefore obviously not be renewed in the future. In this regard, Sean Shoptaw, Senior Vice President of the Global Games & Interactive Experiences branch at Disney, rightly said: “EA has been and will continue to be an important strategic partner for us. But we thought there was room for others ”.
After two opus for Star Wars Battlefront, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Star Wars Squadrons, there may therefore be movement on the side of video game adaptations of the franchise of George Lucas. Information which has already been confirmed by Douglas Reilly, Vice President of Lucasfilm Games, on the Star Wars official website : “We have a lot of things that we are ready to share with the fans because we have been secretly working behind the scenes for quite a while now, waiting for this moment”. In other words, stay tuned because other announcements could come faster than you think.
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