By Nathan Grayson on May 8th, 2013 at 11:00 am.
We now live in a world where The Sims: Star Wars or Need for Speed: Tosche Station could become things. I’m not saying it’s likely (though the former would not shock me in the slightest), but Star Wars is under new management, so who knows? For now, all we can say for sure is that BioWare, DICE, and Visceral are actively adding their own chapters to the space opera, but we won’t see results from those initial efforts until at least mid-2014 – and much later, in all likelihood. You’ll remember, however, that Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II developer Obsidian also has a rather ambitious idea floating around, and – last we heard – it was about to lay it before the greatest Sith Lord of them all: Mickey Mouse. So then, what happened there? And where does Obsidian’s new Star Wars RPG end up now that EA’s pulling the strings? I got in touch with Obsidian CEO Feargus Urquhart to find out.
First up, Disney. Turns out, the developer never actually ventured into the hallowed halls of the House of Mouse. The reason? Things were simply too unstable at the time.
“As for Disney, we didn’t end up talking with them directly, since we were waiting to see what might happen with the license as a whole,” Urquhart explained to RPS.
Now, however, all the pieces have fallen into place, and Urquhart’s ready to see if there’s room for Obsidian in EA’s master plan.
“We are certainly going to try,” he said. “We would love to work on another Star Wars game, and if it was possible for us to hook up with BioWare and EA to do so, that would be pretty amazing.”
No kidding. By most definitions, that’d be an RPG “getting the band back together” tale for the ages – though I don’t think anyone can really deny that Obsidian and BioWare have evolved in very different directions since BioWare and Black Isle’s dynamic duo days. If anything, I imagine they’d stick to their own separate Star Wars projects, given that they’re both fairly large studios. But with EA ultimately calling the shots, I really have no idea what the final product would look like.
Also, EA already put three developers on Star Wars. I know this is EA we’re talking about, but even they have an over-saturation point. I’d love for Obsidian to get a second crack at George Lucas’ revered realm of glowstick battles and elite clone commandos who are functionally blind, but the odds don’t exactly seem stacked in their favor. Does anyone know if The Force has a business division? I know someone who could use it right about now.