This new partnership means that EA's nearly eight-year Star Wars exclusivity deal has now come to an end.
Hot on the heels of yesterday's announcement of a new Indiana Jones game in the works at Wolfenstein developer and Bethesda studio MachineGames, it appears that Lucasfilm is forging partnerships beyond EA for Star Wars games, with Ubisoft enlisting The Division developer Massive Entertainment for a new title set in a galaxy far, far away.
The interview concludes with Reilly confirming that 2021 will be a big year for Lucasfilm Games, with more announcements lined up.
Development on the new title is still very early, and Massive Entertainment is still recruiting staff for the project.
"This is a lore that we love, and we want to do it justice with a game and story that bring both lifelong and new fans on an immersive and outstanding journey that will stay with them for years", Julian Gerighty, the game's creative director, said. The esteemed developer will be developing the new open-world Star Wars title, which is now in the early stages of production. No indication has been given as to whether Massive's Star Wars game would be single or multiplayer, what part of the Star Wars timeline it would be a part of, or when it might be released. "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".
Wired's report makes clear that Disney will take pitches from companies on using Star Wars and other Lucas properties (such as Indiana Jones), although VP of Lucasfilm Games Douglas Reilly made clear that Lucasfilm Games would have final approval on all projects.
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Since Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order was such a big hit, there will nearly undoubtedly be a sequel that comes together before EA's deal ends in 2023.