Ubisoft has announced that they have partnered with Lucasfilm Games to develop a new Star Wars game. The game will be developed by Massive Entertainment, the team behind The Division series, and will be powered by the Snowdrop Engine.

The game will be open world and is still in the early stages of development, Massive Entertainment has confirmed that they are still recruiting for the project. Julian Gerighty, director of The Crew and The Division 2, will serve as the creative director of the game.

This will be the first non-Electronic Arts Star Wars game in 8 years but Lucasfilm Games has insisted that EA are still a “very strategic and important partner for us now and going forward”. Lucasfilm Games also confirmed that other developers and publishers will be able to work on the Star Wars franchise going forward.

Here’s what Yves Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft, had to say:

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.

Here’s what Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, had 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.

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