Industry veteran Amy Hennig’s studio Skydance New Media are collaborating with Lucasfilm Games on the project
The company describes this new game as “cinematic action-adventure”, much like the Uncharted series that Hennig created, directed, and wrote. The post also states that the game will feature an “original story in the legendary Star Wars galaxy”.
This isn’t the first time Hennig has worked with the franchise. Before leading Skydance New Media, Hennig was creative lead at EA’s Visceral Games and worked on a Star Wars game.
Codenamed Yuma and then renamed Ragtag, the game was in development at Visceral until the studio closed in 2017. While EA Vancouver took over the project and reworked it into a multiplayer game, EA ultimately scrapped it in 2019.
Hopefully this time Hennig will be able to see the project through, given her love for the franchise. She talks about how much it has influenced her from a young age in the post.
I’ve often described how seeing Star Wars in 1977 essentially rewired my 12-year-old brain, shaping my creative life and future indelibly. I’m elated to be working with Lucasfilm Games again to tell interactive stories in this galaxy that I love.Amy Hennig, President at Skydance New Media
This licensing deal is getting worse all the time!
Skydance’s new project marks the eighth Star Wars game currently in development. Since EA’s 10 year licensing deal with Disney ends next year, Lucasfilm has been licensing the IP out to other companies over the past year. Many of these titles will release in 2023, after the deal expires.
Since January of 2021, projects have started at Ubisoft, Aspyr Media, and Quantic Dream, among others. These include an open-world game, a Knights of the Old Republic remake, and Eclipse, a narrative-driven branching story game.
However, EA still do have Star Wars games in the works. Respwan, a subsidiary of EA, are developing at least three games in the franchise. One of these games is a sequel to Respawn’s well-received Jedi: Fallen Order.
Unfortunately, many Star Wars games have been cancelled in the past. The most famous examples being the aforementioned Ragtag that Hennig worked on and 1313, a hotly-anticipated action-adventure game that put you in the shoes of a young Boba Fett.
Hopefully, with Disney and Lucasfilm being more lenient with the IP, more games will make it to release. The franchise has been sorely lacking in good, singleplayer-focused games and with legends like Hennig working with the series, we should see some high quality releases making up for this in the coming years.
Which Star Wars game are you most excited for? Do you think Skydance New Media will do the series justice? Let us know all about your thoughts down in the comments below! Or, if you’re interested in Star Wars games, here’s our first impressions of LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga!
You can also hop over to our Discord to chat with us about all things gaming and entertainment!