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New Star Wars game coming from Ubisoft’s The Division studio

Ubisoft is making a new Star Wars game. The publisher and Disney’s Lucasfilm Games announced Wednesday in Wired that a new story-driven, open-world Star Wars adventure is currently in development at Ubisoft’s Massive Entertainment, the Swedish studio known for its work on the Tom Clancy’s The Division series.

Massive’s Julian Gerighty will serve as creative director on the new Star Wars project. The game will utilize the studio’s Snowdrop game engine.

Ubisoft and Lucasfilm Games did not announce details, a release window, or platforms for their new Star Wars game.

Star Wars fans are likely aware that another publisher, Electronic Arts, inked a deal with Disney in 2013 to exclusively develop games based on the property created by George Lucas. EA and Disney’s arrangement was said to last 10 years, and has so far led to multiple game releases (and multiple game cancellations).

Massive and Ubisoft already have a pre-existing relationship with a Disney-acquired property: James Cameron’s Avatar. The new Star Wars project is not expected to impact development of Massive’s Avatar game, which was announced in 2017 and does not have an announced release date. The next Avatar movie is expected to hit theaters in 2022.

On Tuesday, Lucasfilm Games announced another surprise collaboration: a new game starring Indiana Jones in development at Wolfenstein studio Machinegames. Bethesda Softworks will publish the new Indy game, which will be executive produced by Todd Howard.

Lucasfilm said Monday that the Lucasfilm Games branding would serve as “the official identity for all gaming titles from Lucasfilm, a name that encompasses the company’s rich catalog of video games and its eye toward the future.”

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