First time a non-EA studio has made a Star Wars game in years.
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Lucasfilm Games announced today a new partnership between themselves and Ubisoft that will bring a new open-world Star Wars title. This marks the first time since 2012 where a company outside of EA has been able to produce a Star Wars title. Ubisoft will hand over development of the game to Massive Entertainment. Massive has been the studio responsible for Tom Clancy's The Division and is also reportedly working on a new game based off of James Cameron's Avatar.

Development on this game is in a very, very early stage. Massive is still recruiting for the project, in fact. Details, as you may already expect from this, are near non-existent. We do know that Julian Gerighty, director on The Division 2 and The Crew, will serve as the creative director on the new Star Wars game. It will also be using Massive's Snowdrop Engine.

Today's announcement comes just a day after another big Lucasfilm Games' announcement. Yesterday's announcement from Lucasfilm Games was for a new Indiana Jones game that is currently in development at Bethesda.

It was previously suggested that EA had the exclusive on Star Wars titles for a period of 10 years. It seems as if that was a misunderstanding or Disney decided to pull the plug early on that partnership. Sean Shoptaw, senior VP of Global Games and Interactive Experiences at Disney says that "there is room for others" when asked about their partnership with EA. He also said that EA will "continue to be a very strategic and important partner for us now and going forward."

CEO of Ubisoft Yves Guillemot said the following about their new partnership with Lucasfilm Games.

"The Star Wars galaxy is an amazing source of motivation for our teams to innovate and push the boundaries of our medium. Building new worlds, characters and stories that will become lasting parts of the Star Wars lore is an incredible opportunity for us, and we are excited to have our Ubisoft Massive studio working closely with Lucasfilm Games to create an original Star Wars adventure that is different from anything that has been done before."
To those wondering, yes, this game will indeed be considered canon for Star Wars lore. This is true for everything Star Wars related from books, to games, to shows, and the movies (obviously).