Star Wars games have been pretty much exclusively developed and published by EA ever since Disney took over the franchise in 2013, resulting in games like the popular Jedi: Fallen Order, Squadrons, a Sims 4 collaboration and the incredibly controversial Battlefront II.
But now, it’s been announced that Assassin’s Creed and Watch Dogs publishers Ubisoft will be developing and releasing its own big-budget game set in a universe that’s a long time ago but has inexplicably better technology.
Massive Entertainment, who did Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 and helped out on Assassin’s Creed: Revelations and Far Cry 3, will be behind this one.
The game will share the same director and engine as The Division 2, which received solid reviews.
Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot told Wired that it will be “different from anything that has been done before” but it will be an Ubisoft open-world title, so we should still expect lots of lookout towers and all sorts of collectibles.
“The Star Wars galaxy is an amazing source of motivation for our teams to innovate and push the boundaries of our medium,” he said.
“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.”
An EA spokesperson said: “We are proud of our long-standing collaboration with Lucasfilm Games, which will continue for years to come. Our talented teams have created some of the most successful games in the history of the Star Wars franchise, including Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Star Wars: Battlefront and Battlefront II, Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, and Star Wars: Squadrons. We love Star Wars, and we look forward to creating more exciting experiences for players to enjoy.”
Meanwhile, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is expected to release in Spring on all major systems.
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