A new rumor suggests Disney wants two new Star Wars games released each year, alternating between AAA titles and smaller versions.
Disney wants to release two new Star Wars games every year, according to a new report. While galaxy far far saw plenty of releases in the 1990s and 2000s, the 2010s were much quieter — partly because of EA’s now-defunct deal with Disney to exclusive rights to develop Star Wars titles. EA’s time with the Star Wars franchise has been controversial, with both Star Wars Battlefront games developed by Battlefield DICE being criticized at launch. However, the publisher ended the decade much stronger than it began, with Battlefront 2 featuring an impressive Star Wars run, a compelling return, and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Respawn Entertainment received critical acclaim for being an engaging action adventure for players.
EA’s exclusive agreement to develop Star Wars games officially ended a few years ago, but the publisher is still allowed to continue to renew the license. EA announced that no less than three new Star Wars games were in development earlier this year, including the highly anticipated Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. Disney is also dispersing other major publishers and developers to produce Star Wars sequels, such as Ubisoft’s unnamed Star Wars-themed open-world game, Quantic Dream’s Star Wars. and an unannounced Star Wars game from Uncharted director Amy Hennig at Skydance.
According to Tom Henderson’s Insider Gaming, Disney is said to want to release two new Star Wars games per year, with each title coming out every six months. This strategy will include a major AAA release like Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, followed by a smaller release like Star Wars: Squadrons or Star Wars: Hunters. There are eight Star Wars games in development that are known to the public at the moment, and Henderson stated that several more are in the early planning stages at various developers. Henderson also noted that he’s heard “rumors” about a Mandalorian-themed Star Wars game in development, but this could also just be down to the success of the series of the same name streaming on Disney+.
It could still take some time for the planned two new annual Star Wars games to come to fruition, as while Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is rumored to launch sometime in 2023, several new titles are mentioned first. This is supposed to be years away from being released. In addition, there have been some setbacks in the development of titles like Star Wars Eclipse and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake, Eclipse is said to be experiencing production issues, and calls are increasing day by day. moved the game to another studio due to the backlash against Quantic Dream. Meanwhile, the KOTOR remake has been postponed indefinitely, with development moving from Aspyr to Evil Dead: The Game by Saber Interactive.
Although LucasArts released multiple Star Wars installments each year during its peak in the mid-2000s, there was also the risk of Disney covering the market with Star Wars titles by releasing a new one every six months. That said, the name of the upcoming Star Wars does seem to have enough variety in form and style, to hopefully avoid this – especially if the plan is to alternate between tons of big AAA style and price play. smaller Star Wars games. That’s assuming, of course, that the rumor that Disney wants to release two Star Wars games per year is accurate, as nothing has been officially confirmed yet.
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