LucasArts, Free Radical going next-gen

Star Wars publisher signs second major external development deal this month; platforms and titles remain unknown.

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Earlier this month, LucasArts announced that it had signed a development deal with Day 1 Studios, maker of the MechAssault games for the Xbox. That deal, which is for an as-yet-unnamed game for still-unspecified platforms, was the latest in a series of agreements between LucasArts and external studios.

As it turns out, it also wasn't the last. Today, LucasArts unveiled another next-generation development deal with another independent studio. This time around, the lucky shop was Free Radical Design, the studio behind the acclaimed TimeSplitters series and 2004's Second Sight.

Like with its Day 1 collaboration, LucasArts didn't divulge the Free Radical game's title, platform, or release date. However, the mystery title will be the British studio's second next-generation project. At the Electronic Entertainment Expo in May, Free Radical revealed that it was developing Haze, a first-person shooter for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, which is due next year. Ironically, Haze's publisher is Ubisoft, which announced last week that it is itself partnering with LucasArts to publish two portable games set in the Star Wars universe.

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