Will Ubisoft And Massive Entertainment’s Star Wars Game Be Cross-Gen?

If it is true, the French publisher could be taking a step that we’ve only seen in two football games a few generations ago.

 

So last year saw the resurrection of LucasFilm Games, which almost immediately terminated the exclusive deal between Disney and Electronic Arts for the rights to Star Wars. It allowed Ubisoft to work on a Star Wars game with Massive Entertainment, the company behind The Division games (as did David Cage’s studio Quantic Dream on Star Wars: Eclipse, whose development is reportedly not going well, as we’ve previously discussed).

However, there are some exciting jobs on Massive’s website. Several of their positions are open, and at least one of the job descriptions for positions related to the Star Wars project mentions PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, raising an eyebrow. Tom Henderson recently reported (and we wrote) that Ubisoft has a lot of games in the pipeline and that they might be presented in the form of a Ubisoft Forward, but Star Wars is not one of them. The senior audio designer will be expected to know the audio features, capabilities and limitations of the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC trio…

And here’s where the two lines of thought connect. The Star Wars game is unlikely to be released before 2025. So by then, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will be at least eleven years old. That would be like when FIFA 12 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 came out for PlayStation 2 in autumn 2011. The PS2 launched in 2000, and it wasn’t far off for the PlayStation 4/Xbox One pair to arrive. So it’d be pretty hair-raising if Massive’s game was cross-gen since by then, both the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series will have been on the market for at least four years. In that time, the console generation upgrade should happen to a more significant percentage of gamers.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that it’s a genuinely cross-gen game, but we hope it won’t be, as it would hold back the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PC version.

Source: PSL

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