EA Canada Working on Open World Star Wars Game?
It was bad.
I’m talking the-Empire-taking-over-the-galaxy bad. The prequel movies, starring one of the worst actors ever seen on film, seemed more like CGI tech demos than actual movies. Then, after years of awful games, LucasArts committed the unthinkable, transforming the galaxy’s most badass smuggler into a motion-controlled dancer.
Yep, with Star Wars Kinect I feared the final nail had been pounded into the coffin of my most beloved franchise.
Then, in October 2012, Disney acquired the rights to all things Star Wars. Shortly after, J.J. Abrams was placed at the helm of a planned new trilogy of films (with Lawrence Kasdan pitching in on the story, no less), and Disney announced that the first new videogame under its rule would be Star Wars Battlefront from the folks behind Battlefield, DICE. Nice.
Now there’s this: Electronic Arts recently posted a number of job openings at EA Canada, a studio working on “a major new next gen open world action game.” As Kotaku’s resident Internet sleuth, Superannuation, discovered, those openings were later mentioned and linked to in a tweet by an EA recruiter who revealed EA Canada’s team is, in fact, working on a new Star Wars game. An open world Star Wars game.
EA isn’t talking, so it remains to be seen exactly what this project will be, but finally giving Star Wars gamers the freedom to explore gets my mouse clicking finger twitching. And though it’s labeled as an “open world” game, I can’t help but assume that will actually mean “open galaxy.” After all, this is STAR Wars we’re talking about here.
So yeah, things are certainly looking up for Star Wars. Sequels to the holy trilogy, a new Battlefront by DICE, and potentially an open galaxy game.
It’s enough to make me call this chapter in Star Wars history “A New Hope.”