Though EA's partnership with the Star Wars franchise will continue.
An open-world Star Wars game is in development at Ubisoft and will likely release after a Star Wars exclusivity agreement ends with fellow publisher EA in 2023.
As reported by Wired, Ubisoft’s title will be the first Star Wars title that hasn’t been developed by EA since 2012, and will join another LucasFilm Games project that’s being developed by Bethesda’s MachineGames: Indiana Jones.
The Division 2‘s Massive will develop the title, using its proprietary Snowdrop engine.
“The Star Wars galaxy is an amazing source of motivation for our teams to innovate and push the boundaries of our medium,” said Ubisoft CEO, Yves Guillemot.
“Building new worlds, characters and stories that will become lasting parts of the Star Wars lore is an incredible opportunity for us, and we are excited to have our Ubisoft Massive studio working closely with Lucasfilm Games to create an original Star Wars adventure that is different from anything that has been done before.”
Disney’s Sean Shoptaw told Wired that, “EA has been and will continue to be a very strategic and important partner for us now and going forward, but we did feel like there’s room for others.”
“We are proud of our long-standing collaboration with Lucasfilm Games, which will continue for years to come,” an EA representative added. “Our talented teams have created some of the most successful games in the history of the Star Wars franchise, including Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Star Wars: Battlefront and Battlefront II, Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, and Star Wars: Squadrons. We love Star Wars, and we look forward to creating more exciting experiences for players to enjoy.”
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