It’s no secret that Visceral Games was working on a linear story-based Star Wars game before they were shut down by EA. Since then, there hasn’t been any clear indication from EA as to the status of the game or if it would ever see the light of day. However, a new job listing could indicate that the next Star Wars game might be open world.
The listing was first discovered by Gamespot and is for a lead online engineer at EA Vancouver. The description of what the specific job entails makes no secret that it is for a new “Star Wars open-world project” that will include “online features such as matchmaking, asynchronous interactions and live services” among others.
Although the job listing does indicate that EA is working on a new open-world Star Wars game, it’s not clear if this will be a completely new game or a reboot of the game Visceral Studios were working on. This is not the first time that EA posted a job listing which would suggest that a new Star Wars game is in development. Back in 2013 another posting, spotted by Kotaku, suggested that EA was developing or planning a brand new open-world game based on the popular franchise.
EA currently owns the exclusive rights to develop new games based on Star Wars properties, but due to some recent controversy surrounding the microtransactions in Star Wars: Battlefront 2, there were rumours that EA might lose these rights.
While the sceptic in me believes that the posting, and what it might mean, should be taken with a pinch of salt, the fan inside me is hoping that we might see an open-world Star Wars game being announced in the near future.