Lucasfilm Games, previously branded as Star Wars Games, has struck a collaboration with the folks at Ubisoft, the game company behind titles like Assassin's Creed and Far Cry, to develop a new story-driven open-world video game set in the Star Wars galaxy. Lucasfilm Games has been working with the team for almost a year getting the project under development.
Now, we've got new word on the first Star Wars game to be coming from a publisher that isn't Electronic Arts. In the meantime, it sounds like EA will still be producing some Star Wars games in future - with a Fallen Order sequel likely, though not officially confirmed yet. At the end of this most recent announcement, Reilly teased, "This is just the beginning of what I think is going to be a very exciting year for Lucasfilm Games".
"Ubisoft and Massive Entertainment are renowned for their expertise in developing immersive worlds, and in pushing the boundaries of technology with their proprietary engine, Snowdrop". The esteemed developer will be developing the new open-world Star Wars title, which is now in the early stages of production.
"The Star Wars galaxy is an fantastic source of motivation for our teams to innovate and push the boundaries of our medium".
Like the previous EA games, this new title is expected to "be part of the same Star Wars canon and continuity shared across all the movies and TV shows produced since the Disney acquisition". There was definitely a big step up with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, but the game still had some issues that displeased fans.
Numerous titles EA listed in its statement were featured in a sizzle reel announcing the new rebranding of Star Wars Games as Lucasfilm Games. This announcement marks an enormous change moving forward, and could herald an era of new Star Wars games from many additional developers thanks to licensing from Lucasfilm Games. According to WIRED, who broke this news, Massive are still recruiting for the project, so it's possible that we'll see Indiana Jones launch before the new Star Wars.
"We've got a lot of stuff we're ready to start sharing with fans", Lucasfilm Games VP Douglas Reilly told StarWars.com, "because we've been working quietly behind the scenes for a while now, waiting for this moment". We will continue working with them and our relationship has never been stronger.