The age where only EA was allowed to create games set in the Star Wars universe is now over. In the wake of news that all past and future Star Wars games will fall under the newly announced Lucasfilm Games banner ditching all the previous exclusivity deals as soon as the agreement with EA ends in 2023, Ubisoft’s Massive Entertainment shared some details about their next project – a new story-driven, open-world game set in the Star Wars universe. Naturally, we can expect it to launch sometime in 2023… It will be a long wait but surely an interesting one.
In case you forgot where you heard Ubisoft’s Massive Entertainment name, we’d like to remind you that it’s a studio responsible for giving gamers games such as Tom Clancy’s The Division and Tom Clancy’s The Division 2. So, we already know that the new Star Wars game will be created using Massive’s Snowdrop engine and will look at least as good or even better than what we got from the studio so far.
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot shared a statement in the official press release:
“The vast Star Wars lore is an incredible source of inspiration for our teams. 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.”
Douglas Reilly, the vice president of the revitalized Lucasfilm Games also commented:
“Ubisoft have a unique talent for crafting immersive worlds, so we’re thrilled to work with them on this project. Together we share a vision for the type of original stories we want to tell with our players in this expansive galaxy. They have the creativity, experience, and community understanding to bring awe-inspiring authenticity, depth and innovation to this new Star Wars game.”
It’s worth pointing out that this new announcement doesn’t mean that Ubisoft is taking over EA’s role and will be the only studio creating Star Wars games. From 2023 and on, the Star Wars brand in games will be in the hands of Lucasfilm Games so they can do with it as they please. EA will surely make more of the Star Wars games, however, it won’t be the only company that does it. And that’s a good thing!
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