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A Return to Lucasfilm Games

What a few years Star Wars has had! And now, with the announcement that the Lucasfilm Games brand has been revitalized by Disney, we’re holding our collective breaths on the surge of Star Wars and other Lucasfilm game content that’s about to be released.  All current and future Star Wars games will be branded under the revived Lucasfilm Games name, and EA will no longer be the sole developer of Star Wars games, paving way for new studios to try their hand at our favorite galaxy far, far away. Just Wednesday 4/21, Aspyr games was announced as the developers of the upcoming Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake, though not quite officially (yet). During the hour-long interview with MinnMax’s Ben Hanson, Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier confirmed the news that the game was in “active development”, saying “Aspyr, which is the company that has ported a bunch of KOTOR games, is working on a remake.” However he failed to shed light on anything else beyond that, with no mention of release date or launch platforms.

While EA will not be the sole developer of Star Wars games, they are still working with Lucasfilm Games on several projects, though VP Douglas Reilly didn’t have many details to share on what they might be. In an interview with StarWars.com, Lucasfilm Games VP Douglas Reilly spoke about the upcoming titles. “We’re really proud of the games we have created with EA, (the Battlefront series, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Star Wars: Squadrons)” Reilly said. “We will continue working with them and our relationship has never been stronger. 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.”

Lucasfilm Games is also working with Ubisoft on an open-world Star Wars title, which will be created by Massive Entertainment, Ubisoft’s studio in Malmo, Sweden. Fans have been waiting on this one for a long, long time! We’re all impatiently waiting to explore the galaxy: from Kashyyyk to Endor to Dagobah and Hoth. “We’re really excited about an opportunity to work with the team at Massive, led by David Polfeldt and the creative director, Julian Gerighty. We’ve spent almost a year now, working to get to know them and what they want to bring to the table. I think we’re really excited about where that project is going, because they have a unique vision for the story and the game they want to deliver,” Reilly said, adding “We know that fans of Star Wars value the feeling of immersion – of being transported into the Star Wars galaxy and moving through richly detailed environments. It’s fun to imagine what the team at Massive can do within Star Wars by bringing their innovative spirit and commitment to quality.” With such a dedicated and high-quality team renowned for their expertise in creating immersive experiences, we feel rest assured that the first open-world Star Wars game will be as awesome as we hope. What would you want to do in an open-world Star Wars game? Personally I’m hoping to see The Max Rebo Band live on Tatooine.

With the return of the classic Lucasfilm Games branding, Reilly mentioned they will continue to announce projects that are more representative of the old Lucasfilm Games that they are now trying to live up to. Luckily for us Lucas and Steven Spielberg fans, looks like they’ll be putting out a new Indiana Jones game too! Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis dropped in 1992 and was a multi-unit bestseller, adored by both critics and gamers alike, receiving several best adventure game of the year awards. Unfortunately, it never received a game sequel due to unforeseen problems during development, though Dark Horse Comics did eventually rework the sequel ideas into two separate comic series. It’s been a long time since an Indy game, so for those of you that love him, there’s plenty to be excited about. Lucasfilm Games will be working alongside Bethesda and MachineGames with executive producer Todd Howard, and it seems VP of Lucasfilm Douglas Reilly is nearly as stoked as we are. “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. [Todd] has a unique vision and a unique passion for Indiana Jones, and pitched us a story and concept that is so amazing. I can’t wait to be sharing it with folks. It’s been a long time since we’ve made Indy. We’re really excited about this one.”

Who wouldn’t be excited about an Indiana Jones game, really? A 3D Indy? Escaping perilous situations with a bullwhip and occasional gunfire and a fist fight or two? That sparkling wit and wide brimmed fedora? An “I hate snakes!” moment? A cameo (or several) from Henry Jones Sr calling his annoyed son “Junior” and reminding us the dog was named Indiana? It sounds incredible.

It seems there’s more where that came from too. We’re only in the first stages of a Star Wars/Lucasfilm gaming boom it seems. There’s also VR title Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge, with the Episode II official trailer just recently released. VP Reilly ended the interview with a high note: “This is just the beginning of what I think it going to be a very exciting year for Lucasfilm Games.” No doubt! Better break out the Gamer Goo, guys. Seems like Lucasfilm Games is bringing the heat.

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