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.”

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3 Comments on EA Canada Working on Open World Star Wars Game?

Red Menace

On November 29, 2013 at 2:44 pm

I fear for the future.

Tonkinese

On November 30, 2013 at 3:47 am

after into darkness i fear anything jj abrams touches

Foehunter82

On November 30, 2013 at 12:50 pm

I wasn’t too crazy about the new “Klingons” from Into Darkness.

They had an “open world” Star Wars game, already. They cancelled it (something they promised not to do) after The Old Republic was released. Frankly, they’d be better off setting any new Star Wars MMO in the extremely distant past or future. Another alternative (which I think would be best) would be to set any new MMO in a new galaxy entirely.

The truth is, however, any Star Wars content that has existed, or ever will exist, will be just a variant rehash of the same story over and over again.