EA is Reportedly Developing an Open-World Star Wars Game

Gamespot reports that Electronic Arts is making an open-world Star Wars video game. This comes from a job opening published on EA’s own job site, which lists a lead online engineer position over at EA’s Vancouver in Burnaby.

The listing starts with a sentence that reads, “Lead a team to deliver Online features for a Star Wars Open World project.” The game will also be available across multiple platforms and will likely include multiplayer, given the job requiring “experience implementing Online features such as Matchmaking, Asynchronous interactions, Live services, Server-host migration, etc.”

EA has yet to officially announce any more information regarding the newly-rebooted Star Wars game, which came off of the closure of former EA video game development studio Visceral Games. What is known for sure regarding this title is that EA’s Vancouver studio is in charge of the overhaul.

The original vision for the revamped Star Wars game was for it to be a “story-based, linear adventure”, as executive VP of EA worldwide studios Patrick Soderlund said in the announcement of Visceral Games’ closure and the decision to reboot it. CFO Blake Jorgensen also said, “As we kept reviewing the game, it continued to look like a much more linear game [which] people don’t like as much today as they did five years ago or 10 years ago.”

What do you think of this shift to an online, open-world design for the game? Sound off in the comments!