A New Hope for Lucasfilm Video Games


The Star Wars gaming company has finally decided to rebrand themselves to focus more on the world that George Lucas has created, now taking on the moniker of Lucasfilm Games. Electronic Arts, who had an exclusivity license for making Star Wars games over the past seven years, has announced that the contract is ending in 2023. This means that in two years’ time, any gaming company is allowed to pair up with Lucasfilm Games to make a new Star Wars game.

This was good news to some and bad news to others. Some Star Wars fans enjoyed the work that EA did with the license and wanted to see more of what they had to offer. Fortunately for them, more news was released from the head of EA that even though they don’t have exclusivity to the license anymore, they do plan on continuing to make new Star Wars games.

Now that the Lucasfilm license is becoming accessible to all gaming companies, a select few have come out about working on a new game in collaboration with Lucasfilm Games. The first was Bethesda, creators of The Elder Scrolls and Fallout, have announced that they are releasing a new Indiana Jones game. Along with this, they dropped a quick teaser trailer just confirming it’s on the way.

The next comes from Ubisoft, creators of the Assassins’ Creed and Tom Clancy games, who claimed to be making a new open-world Star Wars experience. This game in particular has many fans excited because Star Wars has never had a fully open-world game in its license before. The closest game to this was Star Wars: Jedi: Fallen Order, which gave players the chance to explore the worlds to find little clues. Fans are excited to see what other games will be released in the future and are hoping it will be like the times in the early 2000s when they were getting several Star Wars games a year.

Though many are excited, others are skeptical if Bethesda and Ubisoft can deliver with their titles. Neither company had good reviews on their most recent games, with critics calling them unfinished and bland. Other issues these companies ran into are having too many microtransactions in their games. Star Wars gamers had similar experiences with Star Wars Battlefront 2 back in 2017.  Fans tried to sue EA and Disney for how progression in the game completely revolved around buying loot crates with real money. Hopefully, Bethesda and Ubisoft will know better than to try what EA did back then. If so, Star Wars fans are in for a real treat in 2023.