Star Wars Open-World Game Arriving Sooner Than Expected?
A new report suggests Ubisoft's open-world Star Wars game could be on sale as early as 2024.
A mysterious Star Wars game from Ubisoft’s kitchen may arrive sooner than anyone expected, considering that the company has refocused its efforts after it announced some bad news for its customers and canceled its most anticipated game—a multiplayer shooter known as Project Q.
According to Kotaku, Ubisoft’s first video game adaptation of Star Wars could be just around the corner, and the company is targeting an early 2024 release date. Nothing much is known about it at this point, apart from the fact that it’s an open-world game. We’ve seen a massive increase in Star Wars games ever since Electronic Arts officially lost its license—with a noticeable dip in quality with the latest Jedi: Survivor title.
In the meantime, there is still little to report about Quantic Dream’s game, Star Wars Eclipse.
Regardless, it’s entirely possible that Ubisoft is pushing the development of the upcoming Star Wars title as the triple-A developer and publisher are struggling for anything resembling a win, especially after years of delays and several projects trapped in the development hell. For example, there’s the anticipated Prince of Persia Remake, which becomes more of wishful thinking with each passing day. Not to mention Beyond Good & Evil 2, which has been due for the past two decades.
It would seem that the delays, canceled games, and constant focus on the Assassin’s Creed franchise, which some would argue has become synonymous with Ubisoft, have left the company struggling to fill a massive hole in its release schedule. The open-world Star Wars game has been announced only, but an alarming number of releases were delayed or outright canceled. Skull & Bones had its release date revealed before it was delayed indefinitely, as well as Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora.
The only two major releases we got from Ubisoft in 2022 were Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope and Just Dance 2023, which admittedly aren’t the most popular and profitable franchises. On top of that, a company of nearly 20,000 can’t sustain itself on just two mediocre releases a year. You don’t need a business major to know that this spells disaster, as you never keep all the eggs in one basket, which is exactly what Ubisoft did with the Assassin’s Creed series.
A snag in the development of the AC releases affects everything else, and a Star Wars game might be a “way out” of the bad situation.
The upcoming Star Wars game first revealed as Project Helix in early 2021, is currently developed by Ubisoft Massive as the lead studio—best known for The Division and The Division 2 shooters. The upcoming game is a big departure for Massive. It’s a nice refreshment for gamers to finally receive a non-Assassin’s Creed gaming blockbuster from Ubisoft in the foreseeable future.
If the rumors are correct, early 2024 means as early as April 2024, though it may extend to March 2025.
The exact release date for Ubisoft’s Star Wars game and the details surrounding its narrative and setting still remains a mystery.