Lucasfilm Games Is Back, And It's Working On Star Wars Titles
Disney has started hiring for a new games team to begin work on multiple Star Wars games. There are a string of roles the studio is hiring for, which gave us a little insight into what it is planning.
For the past six years, Disney has been working with EA to release Star Wars games - but so far that partnership has only produced Star Wars Battlefront and its sequel, with numerous other games cancelled or delayed. Particularly after the loot box fiasco surrounding the release of Star Wars Battlefront 2, it's not a great surprise Disney is exploring other game ventures separate to EA.
The roles Disney is currently hiring for are all high-level brand coordinators and producers, and in some cases it appears the staff will be working with licensees, like EA, to keep the games faithful to the franchise.
However, in the job description for the associate brand marketing manager role there is this line: "Working alongside our Brand Marketing Manager, this person will help manage key stakeholders, internal game teams, and licensees on industry leading brand campaigns". Internal games teams is the key takeaway there. While Disney might not have the internal game team set up yet, it is clearly something it has in mind.
The different job descriptions mention several times that the applicants will "work on multiple Star Wars video game titles on console, PC, AR/VR and mobile", PCGamesN reports. So that covers the whole gamut of gaming.
EA isn't leaving Star Wars, of course. While it's cancelled a number of Star Wars projects, the most exciting is still to come. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is an action game coming from Respawn Entertainment, the studio behind Titanfall and Apex Legends. And it has me hoping for a Star Wars action game as good as the old Jedi Outcast games.
Another interesting thing about these new roles is that technically Lucasfilm Games isn't a new studio. Before it became LucasArts in 1990, the studio was called Lucasfilm Games, so these hires will be joining a company with a significant legacy. It was under the Lucasfilm Games banner that classic adventure games like The Secret of Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion were developed. LucasArts still exists, but all internal projects at the studio were halted in 2013, at which point Disney was licensing the Star Wars brand to EA.
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