We all know that the 'universe is expanding', but this seems especially true for Disney and LucasFilm's Star Wars universe. According to Giant Freakin' Robot, Disney and EA Canada are currently in the process of developing a next gen open world Star Wars game.
As is so common in the gaming industry, the first hint came from a job listing calling for an Animation Director to work on a Star Wars project. Now, according to Giant Freakin' Robot, the listing explained:
EA Canada is looking for an experienced Animation director to help define and deliver on the vision for a major new next gen open world action game.
Now, I've just visited the EA Careers website and discovered that all references to Star Wars (except for one unrelated mention) have seemingly been removed from the listing. Indeed, it is now asking for an Animation Director to work on an unspecified "major new next gen action game" (noticed the words 'open-world' have been removed).
Now, I'm not suggesting GFR are wrong — especially considering the story was also similarly covered by video gaming super-site Kotaku — but it seems EA may have jumped on the listing after the fact to remove the Star Wars references. Those crafty little critters...
However, this isn't the only job listing to be related to a mystery Star Wars gaming project. In September EA also listed a vacancy for a "combat designer", which the recruiter has since confirmed is for a Star Wars game.
Of course, the Star Wars franchise is no stranger to the video game industry. I still remember playing Star Wars: TIE Fighter (and loving it) way back in 1994, and since then there's been countless more Star Wars titles. However, although it has flirted with the concept in the past, I think it's fair to say we've yet to see a truly open-world Star Wars game — although I suppose the MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic comes kind of close.
For those of you unfamiliar with the term, open world games often feature a large playable area/areas where the player is not constricted to one linear narrative storyline. They're welcome to explore the playing area, do additional side tasks, or in the case of GTA V, car-jack a pensioner and cause random, gratuitous violence to expecting pedestrians before plummeting a car into a building and exploding spectacularly. It's good, if slightly disturbing, fun.
For fans of Star Wars, the thought of freely exploring the universe (or even a single planet) will certainly be an enticing one. Although personally, I'm still looking forward to the announced return of Star Wars: Battlefront. Check out the teaser trailer for that below:
What do you think? How do you feel about an open world Star Wars game, and where in the universe would you like to explore? Let us know below.