In the interview, Reilly says that “We’re really proud of the games we have created with EA. We will continue working with them and our relationship has never been stronger. While we may not have a lot of details to share at the moment, we’ve got a number of projects underway with the talented teams at EA.”
The interview concludes with Reilly confirming that 2021 will be a big year for Lucasfilm Games, with more announcements lined up. Whether these announcements will be limited to Star Wars, or other Lucasfilm IP, remains to be seen.
ORIGINAL POST: After yesterday’s announcement that Disney have created the Lucasfilm Games studio, and are working with Bethesda and Machine Games to create an Indiana Jones games, it’s been revealed that Lucasfilm Games are also teaming up with Ubisoft to create an open-world game in the Star Wars universe. The game will be developed by Ubisoft Massive, who are perhaps best known for The Division 2.
An Open-World In A Galaxy Far, Far Away?
Yes, though the project is still incredibly early in development. 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. Julian Gerighty, who served as director for The Division 2 and The Crew, will be the game’s creative director, and it’ll use Massive’s Snowdrop engine (Hoth confirmed, right?), but no other details have been revealed. That said, it’s an Ubisoft open-world, so there’s probably going to be 60-odd towers to climb.
What About EA’s Exclusivity Deal Regarding Star Wars?
Now that’s an interesting question. EA and Disney signed a deal back in 2013, which would allow EA to exclusively develop games in the Star Wars universe, though the reception to these games has been mixed at best. Fallen Order was fantastic, but the hostility that Battlefront 2 received at launch still lingers in the memory for a lot of people. EA stated back in 2013 that the deal would last for 10 years, but there’s been no indication if that deal was misstated or if either party (likely Disney) has backed out early.
One other possibility, though it’s just some speculation on my behalf, is that the exclusivity deal is still in place with specific regards to releasing games. Perhaps EA had the rights to release Star Wars games from 2013 to 2023, but no-one said anything about another company working on games in that time. It’s possible that Lucasfilm Games are working with Ubisoft now so they can hit the ground running once the deal ends in 2023.
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