At some point between 2005 and 2009, Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios "almost" signed with LucasArts on a "massive, open world" Star Wars game, according to former Avalanche Studio Manager Oskar Burman and current Chief Creative Officer Christofer Sundberg.
In the wake of EA, including DICE, obtaining exclusive rights
to make Star Wars games, Burman tweeted
, "Actually, wanting to work with SW goes deep in Swe [Sweden]. Long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, we almost got that deal when I was at Avalanche."
Avalanche founder Sundberg replied
, "If they had given us the deal back then LucasArts would be alive today. A massive SW open world game! We would have rocked it."
Burman, currently General Manager at Rovio Stockholm, worked at Avalanche
between April 2005 and May 2009. It's unclear if the deal in question was set aside as LucasArts made Star Wars 1313
an internal project, or if it relates to something separate.
When LucasArts and 1313
's demise was announced last month, Sundberg tweeted
that staff working on the game had told him it needed another two years to be completed.
When approached, an Avalanche spokesperson declined to comment.