It looks like Electronic Arts’ exclusivity deal for the Star Wars license won’t be renewed, as Massive Entertainment, the Ubisoft team behind The Division and its sequel, is working on a new game within the universe.
As for specifics on what the project will entail, there are basically none. Massive Entertainment and Ubisoft made the announcement on the publisher’s social channels, which only confirmed the game will be an original story in the Star Wars setting, and will contain open world elements. But given that it’s a Ubisoft game, that last bit was probably a given from the start. The social post also included a small teaser, which is just a bunch of company and brand logos in front of an image of space.
— Ubisoft (@Ubisoft) January 13, 2021
This is the second big announcement to come from Lucasfilm Games this week following the reveal that Wolfenstein developer MachineGames is working on an Indiana Jones game, but that was also similarly barebones in terms of major details. Both projects will be original stories set in their respective universes, however, so Lucasfilm Games seems to be giving developers a lot of freedom within its IP.
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Back in 2013, Electronic Arts acquired exclusive rights to develop Star Wars games up to 2023. So it’s likely that whatever Massive Entertainment is working on won’t be out for at least two years so there’s no legal mumbo jumbo to deal with. While there were some exceptions over the course of the period EA had for licensed tie-ins like the Lego Star Wars games, most of the big pillar games using the IP came from EA and its stable of studios. Including Bioware’s MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic, Respawn’s single-player story-driven Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and most recently, the space combat sim Star Wars: Squadrons. The most recent news out of the company regarding its Star Wars deal is that several projects had been cancelled internally, so maybe this is a blessing in disguise for EA because it won’t feel the societal pressure to be the only one out here making big budget Star Wars games.
The company will still be making Star Wars video games, however, as Lucasfilm Games Vice President Douglas Reilly explained in an interview with the official Star Wars website.
“We’re really proud of the games we have created with EA,” Reilly says. “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.”
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