Ubisoft and Lucasfilm Games Announce New Story-Driven Star Wars Game
Ubisoft and Lucasfilm Games have announced a collaboration on a new Star Wars game. Development on the project will be led by Massive Entertainment whose expertise and talent will be used to create a story-driven, open-world experience within the Star Wars galaxy that will also utilize the studio’s cutting-edge technology and advancements, including the Snowdrop engine.
This is the beginning of a long-term collaboration with Disney and Lucasfilm Games, and we are pleased to be working hand-in-hand to build upon the incredible legacy of Lucasfilm to create a game that we know Star Wars fans will love.
Ubisoft News spoke with David Polfeldt, managing director at Massive Entertainment, and Julian Gerighty, creative director, about the project, what it means to be working with Lucasfilm Games on a new Star Wars game, and of course, the game itself.
This is a pretty exciting announcement! How does it feel to be part of such an adventure?
David Polfeldt: It makes me so proud of our teams to be here today and confirm that we are working on a new Star Wars game! We are extremely excited to be in a position to add new adventures to one of the richest and most fascinating sagas of our age.
Curiosity has always been an important part of who we are and what we do here at Massive.
So, what can you tell us about the game so far?
JG: Right now, we are in the beginning of our new journey, so we are still working out many of the details. But, what we can tell you is that this will be a story-driven open-world game.
For me, personally, this will be a departure from the world of The Division, and both I and the team at Massive are very excited to start crafting this new experience.
How do you intend to make it unique? What kind of experience will it bring to the Star Wars galaxy?
First, we want to make it a unique game in the saga with a captivating story and set of characters that players can relate to and connect with. We want to take what is familiar and resonant about Star Wars and tell the stories of new characters who have their own motivations and stakes. We have a passion for Star Wars and shared vision with Lucasfilm Games on the kind of original story we want to bring to fans, which makes this a very exciting part of the project.
With such a large-scale project in preparation, how is the studio going to handle the other games Massive is working on?
DP: We have been preparing the studio for a long time to handle all our projects with equal attention and love. Since all our teams work on the Snowdrop engine, all projects benefit from each other's progress and successes. And obviously, with such an amazing collection of triple-A projects under one roof, we are continuously recruiting, and we’re currently looking for experienced developers from all over the world to join us on our future adventures.
Speaking of recruitments, anything you’d like to share with talents interested in joining?
We believe in tight-knit teams, and we rely on our craftsmanship and courage to fulfill our big dreams. As a studio, we are particularly focused on the craft of making games, and the fact that we have our own engine, Snowdrop, allows us to push boundaries and explore ideas independently and quickly.
With our current portfolio of brands, we offer a unique chance for talented individuals to become a part of some of the most exciting and legendary game projects one could dream of.
Who do you see as the audience for this game?
JG: We want to bring both lifelong and new fans on an immersive and outstanding journey that will stick with them for years.
Jan 13, 2021 at 23:20