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Open-world Star Wars game coming from Division 2 dev, Ubisoft Massive

 

But it might not be out until at least 2023.

The Division maker Ubisoft Massive has started work on a brand new open-world Star Wars game.

 

That’s according to Wired, which reports that the project is a collaboration with Lucasfilm Games, which was re-established at the start of the week. Ubisoft is reportedly hiring for this new Star Wars game, with The Division 2 and The Crew director Julian Gerighty in a creative director role for the project.

 

The game will apparently use Massive’s own Snowdrop engine.

 

This is the first Star Wars console or PC game since 2012 to be developed by someone other than Electronic Arts. The company won the Star Wars license in 2013 after LucasArts was closed down and had exclusive rights to make games for console and PC. That license is up for renewal in 2023, likely meaning that this new project won’t be out for another two years.

 

This news also comes in the wake of Bethesda announcing yesterday that Wolfenstein developer MachineGames was working on an Indiana Jones title with Lucasfilm Games.

 

Since landing the Star Wars license, EA released Star Wars Battlefront and its 2017 sequel, as well as Star Wars Squadrons from Motive Studios and Respawn’s Jedi Fallen Order. That’s on top of the mobile title Galaxy of Heroes.

 

Jedi: Fallen Order sold ten million copies between its launch in November 2019 and March 2020, beating EA’s six-to-eight million unit forecast.

 

This isn’t the only licensed IP that Ubisoft Massive is working on. The firm is also developing an Avatar title which was delayed into 2022 last year.

 

https://www.vg247.com/2021/01/13/star-wars-ubisoft-massive-lucasfilm/

 

 

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Though I do hope it's not a live service game à la Destiny, Anthem, Marvel's Avengers, The Division or Fallout 76. Though given the way things changed with Battlefront 2 and how Squadrons released I probably shouldn't worry too much.

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5 minutes ago, talespagni said:

 

It seems so, though EA's deal is supposed to end in 2023. Thus, this game will not be releasing earlier than 2024.

To be fair, I wouldn't expect a newly announced game to release in under 3 years anyway (Yearly franchises aside). I think Lucasfilm are probably being tactical and getting the wheels moving early so that games will start releasing shortly after the EA deal ends. 

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18 minutes ago, talespagni said:

 

"The Division" franchise was not a failure, financially-wise. Just today I saw a report the 2nd game was a top 5 download in 2020 in the PS Store. It supposedly sold very well.

 to be fair February 2020 the game was discounted to less than $5 CDN on The PS Store... the only reason I picked it up

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18 minutes ago, talespagni said:

Moreover, like I said in another post yesterday, they need to create hype to drive up stock shares and increase financing for these projects.

 

These news act as a mean to help this strategy.

Yeah, that's also very likely.

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28 minutes ago, talespagni said:

 

Yes, I remember, but the game was the 3rd most downloaded game in the whole year. Even if it sold well during a single month, that's still a lot of sales for it to be ranked 3rd.

 

Here's the link I referenced above; I don't know if you will understand it though, due to the language (it's from a Brazilian site).

yes I can actually...results are for the Brazilian store only

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