For almost 10 years, EA has held exclusivity on rights to develop Star Wars video games, a deal that many have felt restricted the quantity and sorts of releases that would make the most of the license. While the writer has had a couple of main successes within the realm, most notably with the current Jedi: Fallen Order and Squadrons video games, there’s additionally been a fraught historical past of false starts and canceled titles that by no means noticed the sunshine of day.
The formation of Lucasfilm Games was announced earlier this week, a banner and licensor for Star Wars video games. Speculation that EA can be shedding Star Wars exclusivity was right, with an open-world Star Wars game revealed to be coming from Ubisoft’s Massive Entertainment. However, the broader licensing of Star Wars to different publishers and builders doesn’t imply that EA is completed with Star Wars. We’ll preserve getting EA Star Wars video games even as extra firms get the chance to point out what they will do with the license.
In reality, not solely will EA proceed to develop Star Wars video games, Lucasfilm Games already has some tasks within the works with the writer.
“We’re really proud of the games we have created with EA,” Douglas Reilly, VP of Lucasfilm Games 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.”
At least considered one of these tasks is undoubtedly the rumored follow up to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. In reality, EA confirmed final 12 months that it was the beginning of a brand new franchise. Lucasfilm Games can be anticipated to be wanting on the successes of Battlefront and Squadrons to see what extra EA can do with these areas of experience.
Lucasfilm Games’ aim is to amplify and join Star Wars video games to a broader canon Star Wars universe, leveraging the skills of distinctive publishers and builders. “We try and help them leverage their passion, expertise, and idea by bringing our expertise around the IP, our ability to connect with other parts of Lucasfilm and The Walt Disney Company, to amplify that. To make it even bigger than they might imagine,” Reilly says. “We want to uncover the stories they’ve always imagined telling and make them resonate with our fans, and across the wider Star Wars galaxy.”
EA additionally reaffirmed their dedication to Star Wars video games and an ongoing partnership with Lucasfilm Games in a tweet.
We love Star Wars.
We stay up for persevering with our partnership with Lucasfilm Games.
We’re making extra Star Wars video games.
BD-1 continues to be the cutest.
— Electronic Arts (@EA) January 13, 2021
Lucasfilm Games additionally introduced an Indiana Jones video games coming from Bethesda’s MachineGames. They’ve promised extra bulletins and surprises sooner or later as nicely.
“This is really the culmination of years of preparing to come out and say, ‘We’re here, we’ve got a team of people, we’re going to make a lot of great games, and here’s some new things you weren’t expecting from us to do that we’re now starting to do,’” says Reilly. “And that’s going to continue throughout the next year or so, where we’re going to continue to announce projects that are more representative of the legacy of the old Lucasfilm Games that we’re now trying to live up to.”