Ubisoft is working on an open-world Star Wars game. It'll be developed by Ubisoft-owned The Division developer Massive Entertainment and will be a partnership between Ubisoft and Lucasfilm Games.
What do we know about the Star Wars open-world game?
Right now, not much is known about this new project. According to Wired, the game is still very early on in development. The Division 2 and The Crew director Julian Gerighty will be the Star Wars open-world game's creative director, and the game will run on Ubisoft's proprietary Snowdrop engine. Wired also says Massive Entertainment is currently recruiting employees to work on the project. Other than this, we don't know too much about Ubisoft's upcoming open-world Star Wars game, including what kind of gameplay it'll have or where (and when) it'll take place in the Star Wars universe.
For many years, there haven't been any Star Wars video games not involving EA, who partnered with Disney back in 2013 to create games in that universe. The deal struck between EA and Disney previously suggested the studio had exclusivity rights on Star Wars games for 10 years, but that doesn't appear to be the case anymore. Speaking to Wired, Disney interactive experiences president Sean Shoptaw said there was "room for other [developers]" on the Star Wars roster. We'll have to wait and see what this partnership yields.
Hot on the heels of another Lucasfilm property
This announcement comes just a day after Bethesda's announcement that Machine Games is working on an original Indiana Jones title. Not much is currently known about that game, either, but the teaser trailer posted by Bethesda shows some interesting tidbits. These include books named Ancient Circle and Forbidden Stones, which are fairly typical Indiana Jones-style concepts, plus a typed letter from Indy suggesting he will be "arriving in Rome". This all points to a globe-trotting adventure starring Indiana Jones, but we don't know what kind of gameplay the game will have yet. We will, of course, bring you more on this - as well as the Ubisoft open-world Star Wars game as soon as we get it.
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