Just Cause dev 'almost' signed deal to make open-world Star Wars game

Past and present Avalanche Studios executives say Swedish developer was close to inking deal to make "massive" open-world game that could have saved LucasArts.

Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios was close to signing a deal to make a "massive" open-world Star Wars game, according to comments from past and present studio executives.

"Actually, wanting to work with [Star Wars] goes deep in [Sweden]," former Avalanche Studios development director Oskar Burman said over Twitter (via Joystiq). "Long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, we almost got that deal when I was at Avalanche."

Burman worked at Avalanche Studios from 2005 through 2009.

Responding to his tweet, Avalanche Studios founder and chief creative officer Cristofer Sundberg claimed that if the deal had been made, LucasArts may still be open.

"If they had given us the deal back then, LucasArts would be alive today," Sundberg said. "A massive [Star Wars] open-world game! We would have rocked it."

Disney effectively closed LucasArts last month.

The comments from Burman and Sundberg come after yesterday's news that Electronic Arts and The Walt Disney Group had signed a deal to make EA the exclusive developer of "core" Star Wars games.

Avalanche Studios is currently developing multiple unannounced projects, the first of which may be revealed during the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo next month.

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June-GS
June-GS

Yeah, right. Dream on.

JulyAeon
JulyAeon

Disney and EA...creativity will be crushed.  The micro transaction god is jumping for joy,  children are so much easier targets.  Avalanche Studios,  I possibly would have gone on buying the Star Wars games, but now I definitely won't!

ApocaLeepse
ApocaLeepse

The gaming gods have truly forsaken us.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

In the cring-worthy words of Vader: 'NnnOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO (Deep Breath) OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

vadagar1
vadagar1

yes plz keep stepping on our dreams and eating our souls

samdam3
samdam3

THAT WOULD BE AMAZING! :(


Imagine if you could like travel in your spacecraft from world to world... omg

RGAMINGGOD
RGAMINGGOD

HUMAN REALLY SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WE NEED REAL ALIEN!!!FOR SAVE US FROM SUCKS!!!!!!

oskuuu
oskuuu

This makes me a really sad wookie :(

wexorian
wexorian

Just cause Jedi style Freaking awesome idea , F...ing disney 

tionmedon
tionmedon

totally disappointing................

GAMERALL
GAMERALL

That would only work if Lucas Arts still took full control of the story and characters. Because according to this, Avalanche wasn't gonna deliver on that part.

inkyspot
inkyspot

I just want them to focus on making Just Cause 3 super awesome. Lucas Arts had it's chance.

Although an open world Starwars game ( the way I am envisioning it would be amazing), but alas they are not in my head.

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

I would have total confidence in their ability to make any open world game awesome, especially Star Wars. Just Cause 2 is one of the best games ever imo.

jhcho2
jhcho2

I just don't see how Avalanche studios getting that deal you save Lucasarts. If they got the deal, then isn't it actually an expenditure to Lucasarts?

Shanks_D_Chop
Shanks_D_Chop

I'm usually against such comments but this time I'm gonna be the one to say it... This isn't news. This isn't hugely dis-similar to sitting in a pub in Liverpool listening to an old soak telling you about how he was THIS CLOSE to being the 5th Beatle.

Navardo95
Navardo95

If someone created a huge open-world Lord of The Rings or a Harry Potter game without sacrificing the story...I will forget half of my life problems I'm telling you.

Oh well...we can only dream :(

berserker66666
berserker66666

Yea Avalanche Studios would have made a great Star Wars game. EA on the other hand (Those fucking retarded assholes) would make it like a linear sprint race with broken a.i and microtransaction at every checkpoint.

wyan_
wyan_

...but then they took an arrow to the knee.

d3nR
d3nR

We could have had an open-world Star Wars game? And now... EA... arrrgh...

I don't... want to live... on this planet anymore.

DeadrisingX1
DeadrisingX1

Aw man, that idea had so much potential! :(

Vodoo
Vodoo

Imagine a GTA5 game set in the Star Wars universe! That would be insane. Hijack the AT-ST, pick up the Tatooine prostitutes and bring them to Jabba The Hutt.

hadlee73
hadlee73

The thing is, I could say right now that I had a great idea for a Star Wars tiddly winks game that would have saved LucasArts, and it would be about as true and relevant as what these guys are crowing. They sound like they are marketing something without having something to market.

punkpunker
punkpunker

there's no way they are going save them even if avalanche makes it, all i know it is going to be cancelled as they did to BF3

xGr4ffitix
xGr4ffitix

I don't even consider myself a fan of Star Wars really. I never got into the movies. But the games? Oh man. I loved the games. So many good times, and I just know that with a sandbox game with a Star Wars setting, could've been amazing. It's a shame, but I wouldn't shoot it down just yet. Lucas Arts might be gone, but Star Wars is far from it. Here's hoping that someone out there can take these ideas and turn them into reality.

Supperdude9
Supperdude9

Rampaging around a Star Wars city jacking cars as a gun-toting Wookie.

That concept alone would have saved Lucas Arts.

rileypoole1234
rileypoole1234

Oh hell, this could have really been something special.

MFreeSoul
MFreeSoul

Thats a great idea, ok here is what i think try to make somthing beautiful i mean

Just Cause 2 , was really a great game even though it lake`s Character development and personality but i have enjoyed it.

now Star wars it`s not an easy game to meke but i know that you could make it happen ,

to me i think it would be a beautiful game if you can mix these three games together as a hint on how the next star wars game should be like   :

Mass effect , Destiney and Halo. just think about it .

lhsjazzman
lhsjazzman

I just wanted to kill a ton of Ewoks with my lightsaber!  I would have bought an open-world Star Wars game for no other purpose than to exterminate Ewoks!  I would have payed $60 for that opportunity, but Disney just flushed it away.

TohouAsura
TohouAsura

.... This... I

.... Godammit.

Just....

Godammit.

kerrman
kerrman

All this did was make me sad. :(

Epic75
Epic75

This is why lucasarts is a failure.  Massive open world star wars game?  Nah!  It might be worth what someone pays for it.

shingui5
shingui5

well this is a depressing article.

because that would have been bloody awesome.

Daian
Daian

I would have preferred if I hadn't found this out, now I'm angry it didn't happen.

Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

So many possible SW games that will never be made :(

RiKanKiDD
RiKanKiDD

@RGAMINGGOD You need REAL English to save you from the ways you put sentences together.

joesguy
joesguy

@wexorian It's not Disney's fault Lucasarts passed on the idea. Furthermore, with Disney closing down Lucasarts and outsourcing it's game development to other companies, we're now more likely to see better Star Wars games.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

@jhcho2 Well, they would have got more income in return for making a worth while Star Wars game for a change.

the_bi99man
the_bi99man

@punkpunker You didn't actually read the article did you? They're not saying that they ARE making a game that COULD save Lucasarts. They're saying that, years ago, they ALMOST had a deal to make a game, which COULD HAVE saved Lucasarts.

There's no game being made, running the risk of getting cancelled, and no one is trying to save Lucasarts. This whole article is about things that didn't even happen, and haven't even been talked about in years.

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

@xGr4ffitix tell me about it.. rougue squadron... that 3rd person shooter one from the n64 that i can't remember it's name.. and the glorious battlefront... amazing games.... then this generation only brought crap.

xolivierx
xolivierx

@Supperdude9 there is no  way, look at the latest Star Wars movie. A little blond kid, Jar Jar Binks, Nathalie Portman, stupid over-cheesy jokes. It was for kids. There is no way they would have made a GTA like kind of game with a Star Wars theme. I wish they would have though.

benwah_23
benwah_23

@Daian Exactly!! Why would they tease us with this? I would have preferred it if this information stayed buried...

Adavanter
Adavanter

@Shantmaster_K My jaw would hit the floor if EA announced a flight game. 1 and a million chance of that one.

ApocaLeepse
ApocaLeepse

@joesguy @wexorian From EA? I really don't think so. I can see them making a mediocre game that uses a crap load of microtransactions, probably to buy new lightsaber colours or something. About the only good game I've seen from them recently is Battlefield 3, and with 4 on its way I really can't see 3's servers staying up for much longer.

jhcho2
jhcho2

@The-Neon-Seal @jhcho2  

That's some wild speculation. Because the game will definitely be good, definitely sell well, and definitely make Disney feel that LucasArts is worth being kept in operation....RIGHT? How did they know for sure that the game wouldn't even be cancelled midway? Let alone bail out LucasArts from trouble

Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

@Adavanter I hear you man! I am really hoping for another Rogue Squadron game and Battlefront III

joesguy
joesguy

@ApocaLeepse EA wouldn't develop it, this is Avalanche Studios we're talking about.

Wej_accept_it
Wej_accept_it

@Shantmaster_K @Adavanter Rogue Squadron was the bomb, I remember first playing that on N64 and being awe-struck by how big and detailed the levels were and how exciting the gameplay was, a next gen version would've been amazing