After eight years of exclusivity, it appears that EA no longer holds the exclusive license for the Star Wars franchise.
LucasArts Is Back, Kind Of
It was recently announced that Lucasfilm would once again be taking charge of the gaming side of the Star Wars franchise under the name of Lucasfilm Games.
LucasArts originally formed as Lucasfilm Games back in 1982, before eventually becoming known as LucasArts.
Over the years they have been responsible for all of the Star Wars games, whether as a developer or publisher.
Lucasfilm Games/LucasArts continued to develop games up until 2013 when Disney acquired Star Wars and EA gained the exclusive license for the Star Wars games, we're still not happy 1313 got cancelled.
It looks as if now both EA and Ubisoft will be developing separate Star Wars titles.
Lucasfilm Games VP Douglas Reilly said: “We’re really proud of the games we have created with EA.
“We will continue working with them and our relationship has never been stronger.
"While we may not have a lot of details to share at the moment, we’ve got a number of projects underway with the talented teams at EA.”
Ubisoft And Bethesda Take The Helm
It has been revealed that Bethesda will be developing a new Indiana Jones game, the first since 2009s Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings.
In a statement, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said that working on Star Wars was “an incredible opportunity".
“The Star Wars galaxy is an amazing source of motivation for our teams to innovate and push the boundaries of our medium."
“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.”
The President of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy went on to say,
“As we look to the next 50 years of Lucasfilm, we look forward to continuing the wonderful legacy in games, which has introduced so many memorable characters and stories.
“These new collaborations will allow the Lucasfilm Games team to pursue fresh and exciting directions in the storytelling of Star Wars and Indiana Jones in imaginative and different ways than those explored by our films.”
Ubisoft has announced that Ubisoft Massive Entertainment, the studio behind Tom Clancy's The Division, will be taking charge of the development of this next Star Wars title.
Not much is known about the game yet except it is planned to be an open world game.
Could we see a spiritual successor to the KOTOR series in a modern style, taking advantage of the next generation of hardware.
Or we may see an open world game like Assassin's Creed, but a shooter like The Division.
The possibilities are endless and we will be keeping a close eye on development of this upcoming game.