Nearly two years ago, Lucasfilm Games announced a partnership with Ubisoft Massive to create a new open world Star Wars game. A few months later, Disney’s senior vice president of games Sean Shoptow revealed that the partnership began after Disney saw what Ubisoft Massif was doing with Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora.
The first meeting we had with Massive about Avatar after we acquired Fox was really the starting point for Star Wars. There was such alignment and creative passion about the Star Wars IP from this team that it was just a natural progression of the relationship, and it really led to the Star Wars game that we announced not so long ago.
[…] We’re very excited about where Star Wars open world is heading. I was on a call this morning with the Massive team about it, and I couldn’t be more excited about where they’re going to take this match and the opportunity we have with this experience.
Oddly enough, it’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora after it was delayed. On the other hand, Ubisoft’s overall creative director Julian Gerighty (The Crew, The Division, The Division 2) has just teased That this year is going to be huge for the Star Wars open world game.
2023 is going to be huge for us. Join the adventure.
The last part of the tweet seems to indicate that the game is playable in some way, possibly through limited testing phases. It would be weird if Star Wars opened up worldwide releases before Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, that’s for sure. On the one hand, it’s going to be a very exciting year for Star Wars fans, given that there’s Respawn’s Jedi Survivor due out on March 17th.
In any case, we’ll be watching for any updates to this Star Wars open world game, the first in a very long time.