It's only the second week of January and gaming news is already coming thick and fast. It seems everyday this week a massive announcement has taken place, all stemming from the reveal on Monday of Lucasfilm Games being a new banner for many properties. But are these games being announced too early? The announcements seem to raise more questions than they probably should, at least for the time being.
Tuesday we got a colossal announcement that Lucasfilm Games and Bethesda are teaming up to bring an Indiana Jones game to fruition. The game is being developed by MachineGames, the team behind the fantastic Wolfenstein reboot series. Out of everything with this announcement, the most intriguing aspect is going to be Microsoft's involvement. As the company brings ZeniMax Media under its wing, which ultimately brings Bethesda and MachineGames along, it'll be interesting to see what happens.
Will the game be an Xbox console exclusive (with an inevitable day one introduction into Game Pass)? Or will it be multi-platform? Given the timing of the announcement coming before the deal has been completed, it might be planned for multiple platforms, however, things could very easily change. Understandably, Microsoft is still not in a position to reveal what its plans are until the deal is complete, and that leaves potential (PlayStation and Nintendo) gamers being excited for a product that may never release on a system they own.
Star Wars was also revealed to be getting an open-world adventure on Wednesday, helmed by Ubisoft's Massive Games division, the developer behind Tom Clancy's The Division 2. Not only that, but Lucasfilm Games also confirmed more projects are due to be announced over the next 12 months, including titles coming from EA, who have previously worked on the likes of Star Wars Battlefront II and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
It's an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan, and even an Indiana Jones fan, but it does beg the question as to whether Lucasfilm Games is jumping the boat by announcing these games so early, especially with no specific details to share just yet. As we know full well with Cyberpunk 2077, building up hype over numerous years can lead to tricky situations, and it's already been acknowledged that the projects announced thus far are in a galaxy far, far away.
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