"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". The Division developer, Ubisoft Massive will develop the new game. The project is still in the very early stages of development.
A post at the Star Wars website explains that Julian Gerighty will be creative director on the project, leading the Massive Entertainment team alongside David Polfeldt.
"We're looking to work with best-in-class teams that can make great games across all of our IP", said Lucasfilm Games VP Douglas Reilly in the announcement.
Ubisoft is renowned-and sometimes derided-for its open-world games, and recent projects like Immortals Fenyx Rising have shown the publisher can break free from that traditional "Ubisoft formula" that's become so ubiquitous in its games over the last five years or so. In fact, it appears that Star Wars will no longer be an EA exclusive product, much to the relief of fans worldwide.
Now that's an interesting question.
After Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm from George Lucas, the company did away with LucasArts, the gaming division of Lucasfilm, and struck a multi-year deal for EA to develop and publish Star Wars video games exclusively. Fallen Order was fantastic, but the hostility that Battlefront 2 received at launch still lingers in the memory for a lot of people.
As for EA's EAxclusivity deal?
In addition to Star Wars, the team at Massive is also building a game built around the Avatar film franchise.