While talking about the return of Lucasfilm Games, one of the games that was confirmed to be in the works is a “story-driven, open world Star Wars game“, developed by Massive Entertainment. Massive Entertainment is best known for their work on The Division series, an action-RPG loot-shooter. The company is also supposed to be working on a video game based on the popular Avatar film.
Lucasfilm Games VP Douglas Reilly talks more about the partnership:
“Case in point, the huge news that Lucasfilm Games and Ubisoft are collaborating on a new story-driven, open-world Star Wars game. It’s a genre long-requested by fans, and will come to life via Massive Entertainment, Ubisoft’s critically-acclaimed studio based in Malmö, Sweden. “We’re really excited about an opportunity to work with the team at Massive, led by David Polfeldt and the creative director, Julian Gerighty. We’ve spent almost a year now, working to get to know them and what they want to bring to the table. I’m a huge fan of them, personally. I think we’re really excited about where that project is going, because they have a unique vision for the story and the game they want to deliver.”
Of course, Ubisoft and Massive Entertainment are renowned for their expertise in developing immersive worlds, and in pushing the boundaries of technology with their proprietary engine, Snowdrop:
“We know that fans of Star Wars value the feeling of immersion — of being transported into the Star Wars galaxy and moving through richly-detailed environments. It’s fun to imagine what the team at Massive can do within Star Wars by bringing their innovative spirit and their commitment to quality.”
Previously, the Star Wars franchise’s video game rights were exclusively in the hands of Electronic Arts, with a ten year deal that was meant to run from 2013 to 2023. With two years remaining, it’s unlikely this game will appear anytime before 2023.