EA May Be Working On An Open-World Star Wars Game

EA May Be Working On An Open-World Star Wars Game

Star Wars 1313

EA Canada appears to be gearing up for development of an open-world next-gen Star Wars title, with some help from Visceral Games.

A series of job postings across multiple EA studios seem to indicate that the publisher is developing a next-gen, open-world Star Wars game. If that's true, and if it's done well, EA may as well start printing money - but right now that information comes from a number of connected dots, with no official word from the publisher. Still, the evidence is there, and even the unconfirmed rumors are enough to wind up any Star Wars fan.

EA Canada currently has an open position for an Animation Director, set to work on an unnamed Star Wars title: specifically, to "help define and deliver on the vision for a major new next gen open world action game." Ordinarily that would settle it, but there are a few other wrinkles worth noting. It takes a lot of work to build a next-gen open world action game, and Kotaku notes that EA Canada has done some downsizing lately - possibly leaving the studio with too small a work force to handle this project on its own. Meanwhile, the EA-owned Visceral Games is also working on its own unnamed Star Wars project - and incidentally, the Animation Director position asks for experience with multi-site development.

Putting all this together, there are a couple of possibilities. It looks like an open-world Stars Wars game is coming, either from EA Canada or Visceral, or both. That in itself would be pretty cool; the closest we've come to that kind of game was the ill-fated Star Wars 1313. Then again, until we hear from official sources, this is all rumor and hearsay, and we might be on a wild womp rat chase.

Source: Kotaku

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As long as it's not another MMO...

Jadak:
As long as it's not another MMO...

agreed, it has a distinct sniff of possibly being an mmo, I hope I'm very wrong though.

OT: interesting to see what it is, but until then not much to say really

I could've sworn I saw an article somewhere that stated that they were not going to make any more Starwars video games.

Dragonbums:
I could've sworn I saw an article somewhere that stated that they were not going to make any more Starwars video games.

If we're remembering the same article it was specifically about movie tie in video games. So we'll still get Star Wars games but we won't get Star Wars VII: The Movie: The Game.

You lost me at EA...

It's just going to be a third person action game with a ton of microtransactions.

Falterfire:

Dragonbums:
I could've sworn I saw an article somewhere that stated that they were not going to make any more Starwars video games.

If we're remembering the same article it was specifically about movie tie in video games. So we'll still get Star Wars games but we won't get Star Wars VII: The Movie: The Game.

Gotta love those wording loopholes.

As long as it isn't an MMO, which it surely wouldn't be as it would compete with ToR, this has a good chance of making my private areas moist.

I would love to see a Skyrim-type game within the Star Wars universe...

I think it would be great fun...
Then again, a lot of games with "that type" of game style sound great on paper...

But this is EA we're talking about... They'll probably charge you to jump planets...
(Speaking of which, it would have to be a bloody huge game to be proper "open world" Star Wars...

gmaverick019:

Jadak:
As long as it's not another MMO...

agreed, it has a distinct sniff of possibly being an mmo, I hope I'm very wrong though.

OT: interesting to see what it is, but until then not much to say really

Pretty sure they want to get on the GTA bandwagon. It's only logic attempting that (and probably fail) after failing to get on WoW bandwagon. EA doesn't seem to understand that copying the features of games isn't the way to do it, they need to copy the spirit. Or, gee, come up with their own. But since they're beyond taking risks, they'll keep failing.

Dragonbums:

Falterfire:

Dragonbums:
I could've sworn I saw an article somewhere that stated that they were not going to make any more Starwars video games.

If we're remembering the same article it was specifically about movie tie in video games. So we'll still get Star Wars games but we won't get Star Wars VII: The Movie: The Game.

Gotta love those wording loopholes.

They are not loopholes. That's what the article was about. EA has the exclusive license to make Star Wars video games. Why the fuck wouldn't they make any? They just made a business decision. And they're right. Those types of games usually suck.

VladG:
You lost me at EA...

It's just going to be a third person action game with a ton of microtransactions.

well its either EA or nothing as they own the star wars game licence for 10 years.

That does sound interesting, I must admit. Saying that, Star wars is set in space and really ought to involve multiple planets, rather than one sandbox city. Will reserve judgement on this one.

With Visceral making it, does that mean it'll be a bland, franchise-killing TPS with microtransactions?

This will be it. This is the game in which EA will make us pay to reload after 40 hours of gameplay.

Would you like to pay $2 for a different colour of lightsaber, or $10 and unlock the next tier of Force powers early? Well you're in luck, we're EA!

Is basically what I left that article with the idea of.

this really can only end in disapointment since its impossible to fit all that starwars into a game. hehe no.

I would guess its not EU? I already see the hatetrain.
Its EU? What part? Why not the other? hatetrain. . .
Oh its only on one planet? Is it at least a planet we would give a fck about?

Here is a hint you dmb publisher fckn:

Saceships! shooting each other! in a huge tactical fleet simulation game!
Mix fckn x wing vs tie fighter with homeworld you dumb fcks!

Noone gives a fck about open world dicking around!

GTP! Grand Theft Podracer!

Joking aside, you have my interest EA, but I swear to god, if it's another MMO... Open world hopefully doesn't mean one planet, but that could still be cool if done right. Open world is a gaming term used to describe a game where you can just go almost anywhere whenever you want to, so hopefully they mean that, but in a galaxy far far away.

Cognimancer:
If that's true, and if it's done well, EA may as well start printing money

The trouble is, this is almost always the case. It's incredibly easy to come up with ideas for games that sound great. "Open world game set in the [insert popular franchise here] universe" is never going to sound like a bad idea on paper. Actually doing it well is another matter entirely, and the vast majority will end up sucking donkey balls.

Adam Jensen:

Dragonbums:

Falterfire:

If we're remembering the same article it was specifically about movie tie in video games. So we'll still get Star Wars games but we won't get Star Wars VII: The Movie: The Game.

Gotta love those wording loopholes.

They are not loopholes. That's what the article was about. EA has the exclusive license to make Star Wars video games. Why the fuck wouldn't they make any? They just made a business decision. And they're right. Those types of games usually suck.

The headline we were both referring to that came up a while ago said EA won't be making Star Wars games. While it's my fault I didn't look at the particular details (because I could care less about Starwars nor EA at this point) that's what I was referring to.

Unfortunately, with EA's microtransaction policies of late, along with their reputation, can't make me excited for this.

I'd love to see more Star Wars games, and the open-world genre is one of my favourites... but since it's EA I just know they'll ruin it by charging extra for everything they feel they can get away with.

Didn't EA bankroll much of the TOR fiasco? Seems odd they would so quickly be pumping more moolah into the Star Wars brand instead of trying to salvage their MMO and improve it. But what do we know, we're just game fans. We can't hope to approach the almighty insight and wisdom of a corporation like EA.

Dragonbums:

Adam Jensen:

Dragonbums:

Gotta love those wording loopholes.

They are not loopholes. That's what the article was about. EA has the exclusive license to make Star Wars video games. Why the fuck wouldn't they make any? They just made a business decision. And they're right. Those types of games usually suck.

The headline we were both referring to that came up a while ago said EA won't be making Star Wars games. While it's my fault I didn't look at the particular details (because I could care less about Starwars nor EA at this point) that's what I was referring to.

You read the title wrong. It said so right in the title.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/129828-Electronics-Arts-Says-No-More-Star-Wars-Movie-Games

No more Star Wars "MOVIE" games.

Visceral helping would be pretty cool. Lightsabre dismemberment.

Can't wait for the Citadel DLC.

Dragonbums:
I could've sworn I saw an article somewhere that stated that they were not going to make any more Starwars video games.

So EA bought the Star Wars licence a couple of months ago in order to make sure that no Star Wars are ever made?

You're thinking of the movie tie-ins. EA/Disney said they would not be making shovelware movie tie-in games - which is a good thing. But they've confirmed they have several Star Wars games being made right now, with Battlefront 3 being the only confirmed title as of yet.

On-topic: This is a good thing. I'd love to see an open-world Star Wars game, and EA certainly has the capabilities to do this. To anyone worried this is an MMO - that's absurd. You don't run two big-budget MMOs from the same franchise at the same time. SWTOR was the most expensive videogame to have ever been made, that isn't something you just drop overnight.

lancar:
Unfortunately, with EA's microtransaction policies of late, along with their reputation, can't make me excited for this.

I'd love to see more Star Wars games, and the open-world genre is one of my favourites... but since it's EA I just know they'll ruin it by charging extra for everything they feel they can get away with.

Yeah, like how EA has ruined every game they've made, right? Fact: EA has made NO good games in the past 5 years.
No wait... Mass Effect franchise was fantastic, Dragon Age: Origins was phenomenal, Dead Space is pretty good, Battlefield is a strong franchise... the list goes on. All of these have the EVIL MONEYGRABBING MODELS but all are considered to be at least good games.

treeroy:

lancar:
Unfortunately, with EA's microtransaction policies of late, along with their reputation, can't make me excited for this.

I'd love to see more Star Wars games, and the open-world genre is one of my favourites... but since it's EA I just know they'll ruin it by charging extra for everything they feel they can get away with.

Yeah, like how EA has ruined every game they've made, right? Fact: EA has made NO good games in the past 5 years.
No wait... Mass Effect franchise was fantastic, Dragon Age: Origins was phenomenal, Dead Space is pretty good, Battlefield is a strong franchise... the list goes on. All of these have the EVIL MONEYGRABBING MODELS but all are considered to be at least good games.

Strawman.

This could be ridiculously awesome if done right... and depressingly terrible if done wrong.

lancar:

treeroy:

lancar:
Unfortunately, with EA's microtransaction policies of late, along with their reputation, can't make me excited for this.

I'd love to see more Star Wars games, and the open-world genre is one of my favourites... but since it's EA I just know they'll ruin it by charging extra for everything they feel they can get away with.

Yeah, like how EA has ruined every game they've made, right? Fact: EA has made NO good games in the past 5 years.
No wait... Mass Effect franchise was fantastic, Dragon Age: Origins was phenomenal, Dead Space is pretty good, Battlefield is a strong franchise... the list goes on. All of these have the EVIL MONEYGRABBING MODELS but all are considered to be at least good games.

Strawman.

Agreed.

OT: I've enjoyed a couple of EA's games in the past few years but I would be very shy of buying another microtransaction riddled mess.

I'll probably wait and see what they'll do tranaction and DLC-wise with DA3 before I start getting all moist about whatever Star Wars game they are talking about making.

Open World, or open Worlds? The difference is mighty.

If you do just one world on an open front, then EA might as well stop before they start. Star Wars has always been about exploring different worlds and different societies within a large galaxy. This goes all the way back to even the first movies, when each movie featured worlds and environments that were very different from each(desert, jungle, forest, swamp, ice world, cloud world, etc.)

If they go against the grind and do just one world, then count me out. That would be a huge waste of an IP.

Jadak:
As long as it's not another MMO...

After the half billion dollar bust that is the Old Republic I'd be surprised if EA ever builds another blockbuster MMO again.

 

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