When in 2013, Electronic Arts received a license to create games from the world of Star Wars – and it was exclusive, I was counting on really decent titles. The more that during this time we received several cinema films (a whole new trilogy and side titles). Nothing like that happened. EA has produced several games from the Star Wars universe so far: Star Wars: The Old Republic (before Lucasfilm was purchased by Disney) with add-ons, Star Wars Battlefront and Star Wars Battlefront II, Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes for mobile devices, Star Wars Jedi : Fallen Order and Star Wars: Squadrons. A short list, but it does not change the fact that some titles have caused a lot of controversy around them – mainly Battlefront II. They were mainly related to microtransactions – eventually, under the pressure of players, they were removed in the updates.
EA’s dominance in Star Wars games is over. New Star Wars will be made by Ubisoft!
Disney and the newly established branch of Lucasfilm Games confirm that Ubisoft will be responsible for the new project set in the realities of Star Wars – and more specifically Massive Games studio, which is known, among others from Tom Clancy’s The Division, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 and older titles (Ground Control, World in Conflict). The helm will be Julian Gerighty, responsible for The Crew and The Division 2, and who was one of the producers of Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory and Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow. We know nothing about the new Star Wars game except that it is being developed and is in the early production stage and will use the proprietary Snowdrop engine. It is also supposed to be an open world game – I think the latter will be of greatest interest to players. Ubisoft is famous for its sandbox games, and in most cases it handles this topic very well (especially after solid update packs).
An open world in the new Star Wars game from Ubisoft. What about EA?
And when is the premiere? We will have to wait for her yet. But it’s good to see Disney and Lucasfilm decide to share the Star Wars licenses with other publishers. EA with exclusive access, according to many, did not meet the expectations of players – although I must admit that I had a lot of fun in Jedi: Fallen Order and Squadrons. Disney is also satisfied with the cooperation and does not intend to end it – EA is still working on new titles of the space saga.
However, comments are already coming out that Star Wars fell from the rain into the gutter. It is worth adding, however, that Ubisoft has not received an exclusive license for Star Wars games or other Lucasfilm Games titles. It’s enough to mention yesterday’s announcement of the game Indiana Jones, for which MachineGames and Bethesda will be responsible. Disney and Lucasfilm Games are open to other creators and will be happy to help make them come true as soon as they have good ideas.
In connection with the announcement of new projects by Lucasfilm Games, we present the official comment of Electronic Arts:
We are proud of our many years of cooperation with Lucasfilm Games, which will continue for many 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 can’t wait to create more exciting stories for players
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