When the formation of Lucasfilm Games was announced earlier this week, it begged the query of what precisely that meant for EA’s exclusivity contract on Star Wars titles. Speculation about Lucasfilm licensing the model out to different publishers and builders was proper. Ubisoft Massive Entertainment, the studio behind The Division sequence, is working on a story-driven open-world Star Wars sport utilizing The Division 2’s Snowdrop Engine.
The Division 2 director Julian Gerighty will function director for this untitled venture, although don’t count on information or updates for some time but. Massive remains to be recruiting for the venture proper now. Lucasfilm Games has been working with the group for almost a yr getting the venture below growth. No different particulars in regards to the setting or characters has been supplied at the moment, although it’s confirmed that every one new Star Wars video games below the Lucasfilm Games banner will fall inside the similar Star Wars world and narrative canon. The galaxy far, far-off is an unlimited universe of concepts to discover, so Massive may very well be establishing port nearly anyplace.
Ubisoft is famend—and generally derided—for its open-world video games, and up to date initiatives like Immortals Fenyx Rising have proven the writer can break away from that conventional “Ubisoft formula” that’s change into so ubiquitous in its video games during the last 5 years or so.
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For almost a decade, no different builders outdoors of EA have touched Star Wars properties. This announcement marks an unlimited change transferring ahead, and will herald an period of latest Star Wars video games from many further builders because of licensing from Lucasfilm Games. “We get no shortage of folks knocking on our door, wanting to play with our toys,” Douglas Reilly, VP of Lucasfilm Games, said to WIRED.
Much just like the bevy of Marvel video games that also require last approval from Marvel and Disney, Star Wars falls inside the similar vein. In order to maintain consistency inside the branding, Lucasfilm Games can have last say on main selections for its properties, however builders are in a position to supply distinctive pitches and their very own particular aptitude to every title.
Though no further builders or Star Wars video games have been revealed at the moment (other than EA nonetheless making Star Wars video games too), this announcement from Lucasfilm Games makes it fairly clear that the Star Wars online game universe goes to be increasing, and that is simply the beginning.
The Lucasfilm Games formation additionally resulted within the announcement of an Indiana Jones game being made by Bethesda’s MachineGames. While the fruits of the Lucasfilm Games licenses most likely gained’t be seen for some time but, it heralds a brand new period of licensed video games not restricted by exclusivity to a person writer or developer.
What builders would you wish to see deal with a Star Wars venture sooner or later?