Ubisoft has a 'story-driven open-world' Star Wars game in the works for Lucasfilm Games

Cal Jeffrey

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In brief: Disney has another Star Wars game in the works. EA, which once had an exclusive hold on the franchise, will not head up this one. Instead, Lucasfilm Games asked Ubisoft to develop "a new story-driven open-world video game set in the beloved Star Wars galaxy."

On Wednesday, Ubisoft announced that it had entered a partnership with Lucasfilm Games and is producing an open-world Star Wars game under the label. The game is still very much in early development, so details are sparse.

Ubisoft says that it tasked its AAA Swedish studio Massive Entertainment with the development of the project. In turn, Massive has placed its most experienced veteran designers on the team and will be using its Snowdrop engine. Snowdrop is the game engine used in The Division.

It also sounds like this will not be the only Lucasfilm Games project the french publisher has in mind. Ubisoft co-founder and CEO Yves Guillemot indicated that the company entered a long-term commitment with the Disney-owned brand.

"The vast Star Wars lore is an incredible source of inspiration for our teams," Guillemot said. "This is the beginning of a long-term collaboration with Disney and Lucasfilm Games, and we are pleased to be working hand-in-hand to build upon the incredible legacy of Lucasfilm to create a game that we know Star Wars fans will love."

Hints that Disney was reopening Lucasfilm Games surfaced almost two years ago when it posted six pages of job listings for the subsidiary. At the time, it was speculated that Disney was prepping to bring the development of future Star Wars games in-house. However, Disney clarified that it was still working with third-parties, including EA, on the franchise.

More recently, Lucasfilm Games officially announced its reopening with a sizzle reel. Bethesda also revealed that it inked a deal to produce an Indiana Jones game under the brand.

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GEEM13

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Ubisoft is hands down the worst developer to give IP's to. Watch Dogs, Tom Clancy, Assassins Creed, all copy pasted open world games that turned to complete ****. They are the most brainless games; they take no risks which equates to a mindless time filler experience. I can't believe people even buy their stuff!
 

m4a4

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The Division was a fun game, though I never got into the social aspect of it (and don't like PvP enough to get into that either).
Which means I have higher expectations for this game, but also am expecting it to take closer to a decade if they want to do it right (or maybe less time if they devote enough staff to it).
 

Burty117

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Really? Ubisoft? I haven't bought a Ubisoft game for years, they haven't produced anything special for an entire console generation. Why would you trust them with it?
 

George Keech

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This COULD be good, I'm imagining something like wildlands or Odyssey but without the filler and just all story sure it wont be 100hrs long but I'm happy with 10-15hrs of good story even shorter if they wanna charge less.
 

GamerNerves

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This is a tough one, since EA has some really talented teams and their impressive Frostbite engine. I'm glad Respawn Entertainment is producing a sequel for Fallen Order, since they generally know how to make games.

Ubisoft also has in my opinion incredibly talented people in their ranks, at least on their multiplayer titles, since Rainbow Six: Siege, For Honor and upcoming Roller Champions are fantastic games, or rather were, because the former two were patched to ruins, completely mutated by new staff who were addressed to handle post launch content. I'd say if any of Ubi's truly skilled staff gets the Star Wars game, it will be good, but if some of those who maintain Siege or For Honor have something to do with it, it will be complete circus show SJW trash.

Ubi has the skill, but their management staff includes people who are calculative and anti creative. Their open world games are designed purely from business perspective, so they can make fancy trailers and convince people that their massive games have everything, when they actually have nothing interesting in them. I haven't lately seen any good open world games coming from Ubi, they are all boring copy paste work with no purpose, so my conclusion is that it's highly probable their next open world game, Star Wars or not, will suck. I certainly hope I'm wrong, but it doesn't bode well.