Following news of Ubisoft developing an open-world Star Wars title, Lucasfilm Games has revealed that EA will still be able to continue working on Star Wars games.
Speaking on the Star Wars blog, Douglas Reilly, VP of Lucasfilms Games, noted that “We’re really proud of the games we have created with EA."
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“We will continue working with them and our relationship has never been stronger," he continued.
“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.”
So why the shift to multiple developers? According to Reilly, the idea is to help teams bring their Star Wars content to life.
“We try and help them leverage their passion, expertise, and idea by bringing our expertise around the IP, our ability to connect with other parts of Lucasfilm and The Walt Disney Company, to amplify that. To make it even bigger than they might imagine,” he explains.
“We want to uncover the stories they’ve always imagined telling and make them resonate with our fans, and across the wider Star Wars galaxy."
“This is just the beginning of what I think is going to be a very exciting year for Lucasfilm Games.”
Since EA took over the Star Wars licence, the publisher has released four AAA titles: two Battlefront titles, Jedi: Fallen Order, and last year's Star Wars: Squadrons.
The company has come under fire for cancelling multiple projects, though, and it seems Lucasfilm Games will take a similar role to Marvel Games.
Marvel has overseen Square Enix's Marvel's Avengers title, as well as PlayStation exclusives Spider-Man and its Miles Morales sequel.
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Reilly also spoke about the Indiana Jones project in development from Bethesda and Machine Games.
“I have wanted to do an Indiana Jones game for a long time, and we’ve never had the right fit of partner and idea to make that happen,” Reilly said.
“We are extraordinarily fortunate to be working with Todd Howard, the executive producer for the upcoming game, which will be developed by MachineGames and the team at Bethesda."
“He has a unique vision and a unique passion for Indiana Jones, and pitched us a story and a concept that is so amazing, I can’t wait to start sharing it with folks. I love Star Wars and we love making Star Wars games, but it’s been a long time since we’ve made Indy. We’re really excited about this one.”