Star Wars Gaming Enters A New Era
Today, a massive announcement from Lucasfilm has got the gaming community talking.
StarWars.com is thrilled to reveal that Lucasfilm Games is now the official identity for all gaming titles from Lucasfilm, a name that encompasses the company’s rich catalog of video games and its eye toward the future.
What does this mean, particularly for longtime Star Wars game developer EA? As it stands today, EA has the license until 2023. But after only putting out four games under that licence, it makes sense that it’s time to branch out. For the fans of Star Wars games that haven’t been happy with how EA has been handling the licence, this might be welcome news.
Back on December 14th, Matt Martin from the Lucasfilm Story Group posted this tweet and it might now be referencing this announcement. And now as of the time of this article, it's being documented that actors from the Battlefront 2 campaign might be also up to something. You can check that sub-redit here
In 1982, the company founded Lucasarts to function as their gaming branch, but sadly on April 3, 2013, Lucasfilm confirmed that LucasArts would cease to operate as a video game developer. With this latest announcement, it looks like things are coming back home, and the future looks bright.
It has not been lost on me that in the middle of the new sizzle reel, we hear the famous lines of “Execute Order 66” as the music swells. The sizzle reel looks like Lucasfilm is once again reclaiming all parts of the Star Wars story.
In the last year, with Jedi Fallen Order and the surprise release of Star Wars Squadrons, fans are staring to get the games we've wanted for a while. This new announcement might mean they think it's finally safe to bring gaming back under the Lucasfilm Umbrella. It's still early days and there is a ton of speculation at this time, but I am keeping my ear to the ground.
You can try out Star Wars Battlefront 2 for free right now on the Epic Games Store, as it's one of the game that the storefront is giving away for free until January 21.
What do you think this means? What do you hope for with Lucasfilm Gaming?