(Pocket-lint) – Ubisoft and Lucasfilm Video games (the brand new title for the gaming wing of Lucasfilm) have introduced they’re working collectively on a significant new Star Wars sport, an open-world journey that may take its place in what Disney is asking a brand new period for its gaming properties.
It is huge information for Star Wars followers, who’ve spent the final eight years getting comparatively skinny gruel from EA’s unique association with Star Wars so far as console gaming was involved – a partnership that solely actually began to bear fruit with its final couple of outings, Star Wars Squadrons and Jedi: Fallen Order.
— Lucasfilm Video games (@LucasfilmGames) January 13, 2021
Ubisoft’s open-world components ought to be a fairly vital shift for the franchise, although – whereas Fallen Order had some hub-world parts, it will be refreshing to get a real open world within the Star Wars universe.
Whether or not it includes climbing towers to mild up the map with new icons to finish, in true Ubisoft fashion, will stay to be seen, and there are thus far no extra particulars about when the sport will probably be set, what kind of story content material it will cope with, or what gameplay it will function.
The venture will probably be led by Huge Leisure, a Swedish studio below Ubisoft’s banner, and can apparently run on the Snowdrop engine, which powered The Division 2, for instance. Yves Guillemot, co-founder and CEO of Ubisoft, referred to as it “the start of a long-term collaboration with Disney and Lucasfilm Video games”, so do not guess in opposition to extra Star Wars video games from Ubisoft down the road.
What all this implies for EA’s ongoing Star Wars involvement is not too clear – we’re anticipating a sequel to Jedi: Fallen Order sooner or later based mostly on its reception, and a Tweet from EA suggests that there is nonetheless loads extra to come back from it:
We love Star Wars.
We sit up for persevering with our partnership with Lucasfilm Video games.
We’re making extra Star Wars video games.
BD-1 remains to be the cutest.
— Digital Arts (@EA) January 13, 2021
The announcement comes sizzling on the heels of Lucasfilm Video games confirming that Bethesda is engaged on a brand new Indiana Jones sport, too, so there are clearly some fairly vital cogs in movement over at Disney.
Writing by Max Freeman-Mills.