The floodgates are open just days after the announcement of a newly unified Lucasfilm Games division.
This comes as a surprise to most, with EA’s license with Lucasfilm set to expire in 2023. Regardless, EA will keep making games, but not exclusively, according to Sean Shoptaw, senior vice president of Global Games and Interactive Experiences at Disney. “EA has been and will continue to be a very strategic and important partner for us now and going forward,” he told WIRED, “but we did feel like there’s room for others.”
Details on the game are thin; however, the report states, “Julian Gerighty, director of The Division 2 and The Crew, will serve as the game’s creative director, and the title will use Massive’s Snowdrop engine.”
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot had this to say about creating the new Star Wars game:
“The Star Wars galaxy is an amazing source of motivation for our teams to innovate and push the boundaries of our medium.” 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.”
This mirrors the sentiment of the newly announced Lucasfilm/Bethesda Indiana Jones collaboration, as it will be, “A brand new Indiana Jones game with a completely original story.”
A new era of games and stories is upon us, as Lucasfilm Games lifts the lid on creativity, opportunity, and direction to deliver original content to fans under their newly unified banner.
Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy spoke about the future of the company, saying, “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.”