No more Star Wars exclusivity for EA
Lucasfilm Games has announced its first new Star Wars game – and it’s not being developed by EA, which seems like pretty conclusive proof that Disney is not going to renew EA’s exclusive license when it lapses in 2023.
The new game is in development at Ubisoft's Swedish studio Massive Entertainment, which is working on a “story-driven, open-world” Star Wars game using Massive's own Snowdrop engine. It's not clear what kind of game it is, and whether it will be online or offline.
The Force divided: Since Massive most recently developed The Division, it's not impossible that its new project is a similar hybrid MMO that can be played either alone or in online with friends.
No more exclusivity: CEO Yves Guillemot said Ubisoft is “working closely with Lucasfilm Games to create an original Star Wars adventure that is different from anything that has been done before.” EA will apparently still “play a big role in the future” of Star Wars, so Disney will not simply be replacing one exclusivity deal with another.