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Lucasfilm Games and Ubisoft join forces on a Star Wars project
After announcing television series around the Star Wars universe, is Disney about to flood the video game market as well?
Remember, on October 30, 2012, the Walt Disney Company announced the purchase of Lucasfilm for the colossal sum of $4.05 billion, thus getting its hands on all of the company's intellectual properties, including the prestigious Indiana Jones and Star Wars licenses. If the first one has not yet produced much fruit since this acquisition, the Star Wars franchise is already particularly profitable for Disney, which has produced several films and series.
A few weeks ago, Disney announced its intention to produce quantities of new series around more or less famous characters from the Star Wars universe and, only a few days ago, Disney turned to video games by announcing the reestablishment of Lucasfilm Games, a video game publishing company that had nevertheless been closed in April 2013 by the same Disney. The new Lucasfilm Games has yet to reveal many plans, but the announcement of a partnership with Ubisoft is already causing a lot of buzz.
Thus, the studio Massive Entertainment - owned by Ubisoft and behind The Division, among others - will be in charge of an open-world narrative Star Wars game. Information is obviously very scarce at the moment, knowing that Massive is in the recruitment phase. We do know that Julian Gerighty - creative director on The Crew and The Division - is in charge and that the game will be designed around the in-house graphics engine, Snowdrop.