The universe is twitterpated thanks to a new announcement from Ubisoft that reveals a Star Wars game in development from Massive Entertainment. The game is a collaborative effort between Ubi and LucasFilm Games and will be an open-world title. The game will utilize Ubi’s Snowdrop Engine and at least one developer has been announced. The project’s creative director will be Julian Gerighty who has been instrumental in his work on The Division 2 and The Crew.
It is interesting to note that this is the first Star Wars game that is not being developed by EA which has had exclusive rights to the IP for nearly a decade. Disney’s Sean Shopaw said, “Electronic Arts has been and will continue to be a very strategic and important partner for us now and going forward. But we did feel like there’s room for others.”
Other comments from involved personnel include Ubi CEO and co-founder Yves Guillemot who said, “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.”
LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy wrote, “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.”
The game is in early production so don’t expect to hear anything much anytime soon but it’s still exciting to think of an open-world game based on Star Wars. In the meantime, head to the Ubisoft official site to see if you can ferret out more Star Wars news.