EA developing open-world Star Wars game

Publisher's studio in Canada working on open-world game in sci-fi series, according to job advertisements.

EA Canada is developing an open-world Star Wars game. That's according to several job advertisements spotted by Superannuation at Kotaku today. It would be the second major open-world Star Wars game, following MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic.

An animation director job posting from October says EA Canada is developing a "major new next-gen open-world action game." What's more, a former recruiter for EA Canada tweeted a link to a combat designer job, mentioning that the position was for a Star Wars project.

EA Canada is now the third EA-owned outfit known to be working on Star Wars games as part of the publisher's ten-year deal with Disney. DICE is working on an all-new Star Wars Battlefront for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, while the project from Dead Space studio Visceral Games, described as a "core" game, remains officially unannounced.

It is possible that EA Canada's open-world Star Wars game is the same title in development at Visceral Games, as the animation director job ad calls for a person with "mutli-site development" experience. What's more, few AAA games today are developed by one studio alone. In the case of Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar put more than 1,000 developers to work on the open-world game from its network of studios.

To date, Star Wars games from EA and other publishers have spanned numerous genres, but the open-world space has been mostly untouched, outside of MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic, though it has not been for lack of effort. Star Wars 1313 was reportedly designed as an open-world game at one point, while Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios said this year that it nearly struck a deal to make an open-world Star Wars game.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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403 comments
Mythstatic
Mythstatic

WE WANT AN OPEN WORLD GAME WITH STAR WARS JEDI ACADEMY STYLE FIGHTING

Mythstatic
Mythstatic

WE WANT AN OPEN WORLD WITH JEDI ACADEMY STYLE FIGHTING

AirDog80
AirDog80 moderator

Cantina to the bridge of a starship, no loading screen. That would be next gen. 

Riddick123
Riddick123

Would be nice to see some Tie Fighter and X-wing games be made.  Loved those.

PapaRocks
PapaRocks

Can't they just add more support to SWTOR? They kind of gave up on that quickly.

colbster
colbster

They need to make a new Rogue Squadron, an excellent Battlefront, and if they can pull off a Grand Theft Auto 5 style open world where you can blast around the galaxy, even better. But I need the space combat first and foremost!

ubeogesh
ubeogesh

How can they use the name of an already existing game?

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Hmm EA making an "open world" game? I can see another Mass Effect coming on.

Mass Effect where the only real choice you have is thrown in half arsed at the end. Is nothing but a series of linear corridors glued together. Where the idea of travelling from one solar system to another is a 2D map with a little icon on it and most of the time you spend either playing the super tedious resource finding mini game or spent watching a clip of your ship flying down to planets which are all equally dusty or cloudy or snowy. The same animation pretty much every time with a different coloured weather system.

If this Star Wars game can become anything other than this, I will be really surprised.

Why not make it like an estimated real life Star Ship situation but sped up? Just like FIFA speed up their football games. No one wants to play a space simulator where it takes six days to get to the moon but seeing your trajectory and adjusting courses and fighting in space. That is possible.

Makes you wonder why you wouldn't just go play Eve Online.

Any company could make an open world Star Wars game work but EA will probably screw it up.

TalesOfGod
TalesOfGod

This will be bad.

My mind tells me so but my body wants it to be wrong!

Walkerdowntown
Walkerdowntown

Lets see a Star Wars version of Battlefield (i.e. new Battlefront) complete with massive maps, huge team numbers in a single match (i.e. 16 vs 16) and about a dozen of these huge maps with fully destructible environments. NO DLC. They should just release new maps for free as they're finished. Oh if only the gaming industry could really work like that. 

A republic Commando sequel would be cool too. Or some sort of Bounty Hunter Free roam game

Mr_Ditters
Mr_Ditters

Star Wars Galaxies 2.  SWG was the best damn game ever until it was violated repeatedly by SOE.

Zombrex
Zombrex

Maybe this will finally pull EA out of the doghouse. Especially since they'll be using Frostbite 3 in all their games from now on.

gamer112696
gamer112696

I'm glad they are making Star Wars games again. Back when the movies were being made, Star Wars games had good sales... the Battlefront series, Republic Commando...etc. This next gen is going to be really fun! EA should do really well too.

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

Good to know there'll be 2 sci-fi open world games including this one and Cyberpunk 2077.Something fresh for once though I'm a bit bothered that EA is making this one.

tightwad34
tightwad34

You know what's sad? Out of all of the games I own, and it's a lot, not one of them is a Star Wars game. Looks like this will be the first. I have of course owned SW games before, but they are long gone. I mean, it has to have some of the biggest potential for video games.

oflow
oflow

the new sw movies will put the final torpedoes in the franchise.  Jar Jar becomes a Jedi inc

JustinKnight17
JustinKnight17

I just want Kotor 3, and an enhanced (and completed) version of Kotor 2.  You want our cash EA? Make these things happen. 

glhx2112
glhx2112

Just had a SWG great nerf flashback. Time for a drink. 


Boddicker
Boddicker

..........I have little faith in EA.

cgobeil
cgobeil

This time I hope they make lightsabers behave like lightsabers and not the SWTOR ones !

tafusoy
tafusoy

Yawn.  The latest crop of Star Wars titles aren't too exciting.  I rather wish the upcoming ex-pack for TOR included seemless space sim exploration instead of just arena style combat.  How cool would it be to join your friends in a trip around the star wars galaxy, free roaming a la EvE but with a more traditional space sim?

Chatch09
Chatch09

Battlefront 3 running on Frostbite 3 would be my guess but open world....maybe something along the lines of the first Crysis? Oh well, I'd be just as happy with a Jedi Knight type of game, just as long as its way better than Force Unleashed....(the 1st one was decent though)

Ervaine
Ervaine

WTF ,wasn't SW 1313  suppose to be an open world game ?

Nightelf123
Nightelf123

this game may become open-world bounty hunter game or open-world jedi knight game.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

Is it gonna be like The Godfather 2?

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

Unless I get to make my own custom Jedi...

THEN WHO CARES.

That's why 1313 looked pointless, and I'm GLAD it was cancelled.

Jedi are the only good thing about star wars, and they are so good it makes all the other crap totally worthwile.

FelipeMagro
FelipeMagro

I think open-worlds would fit better...

If, of course, it features more than one world.

KeenoControl
KeenoControl

What? Aren't they a sports studio? Idk if thats a good pick. And also this isn't the "3rd" studio to be known to be developing a star wars game under EA. EA already announced months ago that DICE, Visceral, AND Bioware would be making star wars games. EA Canada would be the 4th.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

A Star Wars game from Visceral sounds like an interesting proposition. Even if the game doesn't follow the same style as their previous games, just having their name associated with it would mean something.

m4a5
m4a5

If it doesn't require me to be online, then I will be looking forward to this...

meatz666
meatz666

KOTOR was open-world... ish

rad2071
rad2071

@Dannystaples14  EA is just the producer. If you dont like Mass Effect, youre gonna have to blame Bioware. 

Galaxycruiser
Galaxycruiser

@Mr_Ditters  There are rumours SOE are creating a new MMO with SWG fans in mind.  What it is how good it is only time will tell.

Darkwalker75
Darkwalker75

@tafusoy 

If  EA could make an SW game in the same style as SC and ED or one of the old X-Wing/Tie-Fighter games, then I would not hesitate to buy it.

However, knowing EA they will most likely make an arcade style game with simplistic controls and gameplay to cater to the widest possible audience for the sake of profit.

One can always hope, but personally I would want to see it before I believe it.

Zombrex
Zombrex

@tafusoy I'm always hoping the SW MMOs add Freelancer style space exploration. If you've never heard of Freelancer, its worth a look.

ajstrike922
ajstrike922

You are retarded. Play SWTOR. I love using the Imperial Agent. I'm so tired of everything Jedi and Sith. What you never played republic commando? Rogue Squadron? You're small minded. GTFO.

Ervaine
Ervaine

@FelipeMagro Sounds good , now Imagine if they took it to the next level by allowing the player to interact with vehicle and even better allow the player to fly a starship (not like SW Battlefront) .

now that would be taking the SW games to a whole new level .

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

@meatz666 No it was a segmented world, and it had a piss-poor combat system.

Luckily the fact you got to create your own custom jedi and make decisions overruled the crap combat.

Zombrex
Zombrex

@ajstrike922 I was an artisan in Galaxies and specialized in dancing. Wasn't too shabby with a blaster either. I wouldn't mind seeing more SW games with a focus on things other than Jedi/Sith.