Avalanche "would have rocked" an open world Star Wars game, 'deal was close'
Posted: 08.05.2013 14:20 by Simon Priest Comments: 2
There are some things best kept secret, and this is perhaps one of them. According to an exchange between a former Avalanche Studios bigwig and their current CCO, the Just Cause dev almost had Star Wars.

In fact they "almost got that deal" sealed, according to former studio manager Oskar Burman. If it had of gone through, LucasArts "would be alive today," replied Christofer Sundberg.

Just Cause is known for its massive open worlds and Avalanche would have pursued a singleplayer story set in a galaxy, far, far away. EA now commands the license.

"Long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, we almost got that deal when I was at Avalanche," tweeted Oskar Burman.

"If they had given us the deal back then Lucas Arts would be alive today," replied Avalanche's chief creative officer, Christofer Sundberg. "A massive SW open world game! We would have rocked it."

"Very much agree," said Burman. "You'd done wonders with the SW license. Single player, open world, travel in galaxy, do missions. Yummy!" Feel that massive heartbreak now crushing your soul? It'll stay that way for a while.

Exclusive videogame rights have been awarded to EA with BioWare said to be working on something, and that shouldn't include just more Star Wars: The Old Republic content. Apparently EA has DICE's Frostbite 3 engine lined up.

Right now Avalanche are working on Just Cause 3, so we'll just have to wait until a mod team slaps in some lightsabers.
Source: Dealspwn
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By Paceydre (SI Member) on May 08, 2013
I'm looking forward to Just Cause 3. Now that GTA5 is getting closer and closer to release I expect Avalanche to show a few things between now and September.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on May 08, 2013
"Open World" is just so....passé. Persistent Worlds is the new fad, and despite "Rockstar flogging their long dead pony that gamers like flies still buzz around, it's dying.
Open, Persistent World, that's what I'd like to see.....that's not a MMO.