Two days ago it became known that Ubisoft Massive is engaged in a new Star Wars game. This has raised questions from many users, as they know that EA has an exclusive contract to publish games for this franchise. It is valid until 2023 and, apparently, Disney will not renew the deal on the same terms.
Judging by the announcement and description of the game, LucasFilm Games and Ubisoft Massive are developing a fairly large open-world title. It is unlikely that the game will be released before 2023, so the exclusive agreement between Disney and EA will not be violated.
Perhaps after 2023, EA will be able to develop Star Wars games alongside other publishers. Jason Schreier confirmed this on his Twitter account.
News that Ubisoft Massive is creating a Star Wars game means that EA’s exclusivity agreement will not be renewed beyond 2023. Good news for Star Wars fans and perhaps even EA, whose current leaders have inherited a licensing agreement they never wanted.
In the eight years since the deal was signed, EA has released four games (two Battlefronts, Jedi Fallen Order, Squadrons) and canceled at least three (Ragtag, Orca, Viking). Don’t think that this is the decade that Franck Gibault was hoping for.
That being said, EA has two more years to release contract titles. However, without official information, it cannot be said with certainty that the company will stop making Star Wars games. Moreover, representatives of Lucasfilm Games said that there will still be announcements ahead, and EA remains an important partner.
Back in May last year, EA called Jedi: Fallen Order “the first game in a brand new series.” There is also a possibility that the company is working on Star Wars: Battlefront 3. As for other games in the franchise, we will definitely have unexpected announcements.