Today brings a very interesting announcement, thanks to a report from Wired, it seems that EA no longer has an exclusivity contract to develop games set in the Star Wars universe and that an open-world game is in the works.
Further according to the report, it seems it will be down to Massive Entertainment who are probably best known for Far Cry 3 and The Division 1 & 2 and they will be making use of the Snowdrop Engine. Given Massive’s recent history of developing The Division and its sequel, it immediately raises the possibility that we could be looking at a multiplayer game or a game with a multiplayer mode.
What makes this even more interesting though, is the previously mentioned exclusivity contract that EA had signed. This agreement was for 10 years and was signed back in 2013. But, EA hasn’t been booted from Star Wars games completely, as they will continue to make Star Wars games – but it’s clear that they no longer have the exclusivity a few years ahead of schedule.
Sadly, there’s no clarification on what’s going on here – just that the newly rebranded LucasFilms Games are now working several games in the Star Wars universe. The only further details we have on the Ubisoft title is a statement from Yves Guillemot, Ubisoft CEO and co-founder; who said that Massive Games will “create an original Star Wars adventure that is different from anything that has been done before.”
That statement at least gives me hope that we won’t have another Star Wars Battlefront on our hands, but even that is pure speculation. I hope that we will see a singleplayer focused game in the same vein as The Fallen Order, either with or without an optional multiplayer mode. Fallen Order had its issues but was overall a pretty strong game, and of course, the fans are ever hoping for more KOTOR or even a KOTOR remake. I doubt that’s what we will see from Ubisoft, but with the Star Wars universe now free from EA exclusivity, it’s at least now possible.
What would you like to see?