After seeing the saddening news of LucasArts’ closure by Disney earlier this month, Obsidian Entertainment’s CEO – Feargus Urquhart – emailed Eurogamer last night (April 9th), expressing how he felt about the closure, and that they would love to pitch a new Star Wars game.
Star Wars games can still be made possible because LucasArts is now a licensing business, which means that Disney can license off Lucas property to external developers – which, optimistically, could lead to fresh minds bringing out new imaginations of the Star Wars franchise.
“After evaluating our position in the games market, we’ve decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company’s risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games,” is what Disney said following the announcement of LucasArts’ closure.
Urquhart said in the email that he was saddened to hear about LucasArts’ demise, and that LucasArts was a “great supporter of Obsidian” when they were starting out. He also mentioned that they would love to pitch another Star Wars game (or games), and how working within that universe was “a tonne of fun.”
“I had seen the news about LucasArts which was sad to see. LucasArts was a great supporter of Obsidian when we were first starting out and many of their games are ones I, personally, count as favourites.”
“As for Obsidian pitching a Star Wars game, or games for that matter, we would love to. Getting to work within the Star Wars world was a tonne of fun and it would be great to get to do so again.”
Before Disney closed LucasArts, Urquhart revealed in February that Obsidian had already pitched a new Star Wars game to LucasArts, which LucasArts apparently liked. This new Star Wars game was apparently said to sit in between the films Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
“We pitched a between-Episode III and Episode IV game [to LucasArts]. Because we think that timeframe is super interesting. It’s the fall of the Republic, the extermination of the Jedi, it’s Obi-Wan going off and making sure Luke is OK,” Urquhart explained to Rock, Paper, Shotgun at the time.
“You have the Sith, but you have the extermination of all Force users except for very, very few. So it was an interesting time to set a game, and you know, Chris Avellone came up with a really cool story.”
Perhaps maybe the same game will be pitched to Disney, and hopefully the idea will be as well-received as it was with LucasArts. I look forward to hearing more news about this, and seeing how the game will develop (assuming it gets given the green light).
I wish Obsidian Entertainment all the best in getting permission to make this game, and when/if they start development of it.