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Lucasfilm Games Partners With Ubisoft and Massive on New Open-World Star Wars Game

Lucasfilm Games Partners With Ubisoft and Massive on New Open-World Star Wars Game - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 13 January 2021 / 977 Views

Lucasfilm Games have announced a new partnership with publisher Ubisoft and The Division developer Massive Entertainment on a new story-driven, open-world Star Wars game. Ubisoft's Massive studio will be developing the game. 

Massive is still early on in developing the game and is hiring for the project, according to Wired. The director of The Division 2 and The Crew Julian Gerighty will be the creative director of the game. 

"The Star Wars galaxy is an amazing source of motivation for our teams to innovate and push the boundaries of our medium," said Ubisoft co-founder and CEO Yves Guillemot. "Building new worlds, characters and stories that will become lasting parts of the Star Wars lore is an incredible opportunity for us, and we are excited to have our Ubisoft Massive studio working closely with Lucasfilm Games to create an original Star Wars adventure that is different from anything that has been done before."

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy added, "As we look to the next 50 years of Lucasfilm, we look forward to continuing the wonderful legacy in games, which has introduced so many memorable characters and stories.

"These new collaborations will allow the Lucasfilm Games team to pursue fresh and exciting directions in the storytelling of Star Wars and Indiana Jones in imaginative and different ways than those explored by our films."

This is the first major Star Wars game not developed by Electronic Arts to be announced in about eight years. Disney plans to continue its partnership with EA in the future. 

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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VAMatt (on 13 January 2021)

I thought EA had an exclusive license. Obviously, I was wrong about that.

With that in mind, I'm surprised that they haven't cranked out more games while they've been cranking out movies over the last several years.

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shikamaru317 VAMatt (on 13 January 2021)

They did, but according to leakers Disney left a clause in that allowed them to back out if they were unhappy with EA's Star Wars output, and there have been rumors ever since the Visceral Star Wars game was cancelled that Disney was growing more and more unhappy with EA exclusivity on Star Wars. So it does seem like Disney backed out of the exclusivity deal early now.

Now of course EA will still be allowed to make Star Wars games, they just confirmed they have several in development. We know Jedi Fallen Order is getting a sequel, and it's rumored that Battlefront 3 is also in development, with several Battlefront 2 mo-cap actors recently doing a mo-cap session together and the writer of Battlefront 2 teasing that it was for Battlefront 3.

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Otter VAMatt (6 days ago)

EA's license runs out in 2023, since the Ubi game is in early development it could be that only EA is allowed to release Star Wars games before then and thus this fits in with the contract original contract.

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The Fury (on 13 January 2021)

Disney could afford to setup and studio or make their own games and/or publish them and get 3rd party studios to make them, they'd full control so no microtransaction riddled bad press from buggy games.

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AFattyGamer (on 13 January 2021)

Lucasfilm should've tried to reach out to Take Two for a Rockstar Games joint venture Star Wars project. Ubisoft has been kinda "meh" when it comes to open world games lately.

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shikamaru317 AFattyGamer (on 13 January 2021)

Rockstar are too busy for that right now I think, doubt they would be interested. GTA 6 is in development, RDR2 and GTA Online modes are still being supported with new content, GTA 5 is getting a PS5/Xbox Series update that is rumored to have a graphical overhaul using Rockstar's latest Rage Engine which would be a big project if true, there are also rumors that RDR1 is getting remade on Rockstar's latest Rage engine currently. They could have Bully 2 or LA Noire 2 in development as well right now, you never know.

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Echo_Djinn (on 13 January 2021)

If The Division director works on it, it could turn out ok. Please don't make Star Wars themed Watch Dogs....

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