Thursday 14 January 2021

Lucasfilm Games expands Star Wars galaxy

Following Disney's revival of Lucasfilm Games, there has been a steady stream of positive news this week including a new Indiana Jones adventure from Bethesda. Finally, EA loses exclusivity for all things Star Wars from 2023, and Lucasfilm Games has already announced a story-driven, open-world title from third-party developer Ubisoft Massive utilising the Snowdrop game engine for Tom Clancy's The Division.

“EA has been and will continue to be a very strategic and important partner for us now and going forward,” Sean Shoptaw, senior vice president of Global Games and Interactive Experiences at Disney, told WIRED. “But we did feel like there's room for others.”

EA has cancelled more in-development titles than released games since acquiring exclusive rights to the Star Wars brand. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Star Wars: Squadrons being highlights in the wake of microtransactions souring Star Wars Battlefront II. EA pivoted but presumably only due to pressure from Disney during the release of The Last Jedi. The optics were poor, very poor.

"We’re looking to work with best-in-class teams that can make great games across all of our IP," Lucasfilm Games' VP Douglas Reilly said. "We’ve got a team of professionals here at Lucasfilm Games who can work with the developers, shape the stories, shape the creative, shape the games, to make them really resonate with fans and deliver across a breadth of platforms, genres, and experiences so that all of our fans can enjoy the IPs that they know and love."

By opening up the franchise to more diverse developers, Lucasfilm Games expands the creative possibilities for telling compelling interactive narratives in the Star Wars universe.

This is the way.

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