A recently discovered job listing for a position with Electronic Arts alludes to an upcoming open-world game set in the Star Wars universe.
The position, posted to EA’s official job site, calls for a lead online engineer to take a role at EA’s Vancouver studio. The position’s description is fairly upfront about what the engineer will be working on, tasking them to “lead a team to deliver Online features for a Star Wars Open World project.” The rest of the description doesn’t reveal much, outside of driving home the game’s online component.
This project may be the result of reworking Visceral Games’ untitled Star Wars game, following the studio’s closing. EA didn’t reveal exact details of its plan with the unfinished game at the time of the closer, but this could be what it has turned into. Comments following Visceral’s closure expressed that EA wanted to “pivot” away from the game’s linear, single-player format. This didn’t sit well with many fans, prompting EA to backtrack on the message. Whatever the publisher’s intention, the new game may have pivoted to a multiplayer experience, just like EA seemed to be hoping for.
GameSpot reached out to EA for more details on the matter, but the publisher has yet to comment.
EA still maintains exclusive rights to develop Star Wars-branded games, in spite of the uproar caused by its handling of microtransactions in last year’s Star Wars Battlefront II. The community drafted a petition asking Disney to strip EA of the rights to exclusively make Star Wars games, but the publisher is still clinging on, and apparently doing something with its second chance. That said, a recent report suggests tha Disney is planning to end the exclusive arrangement with EA. Even if this online Star Wars game sees the light of day, it may have competition from other publishers.
Respawn Entertainment is also hard at work on a new Star Wars property that could be affected by the licensing change. Assuming everything goes smoothly, however, the game is slated to launch sometime in EA’s 2020 fiscal year.