Recent job listings posted by Electronic Arts indicate that an open-world Star Wars game is in development. One of the listings, seeking an animation director
for EA Canada, is for "a major new next gen open world action game" in the beloved sci-fi property. The same description is listed for an executive producer
position and a lead combat designer
position at the studio, which was linked to the Star Wars property by a former recruiter for the publisher on Twitter
The concept of an open-world Star Wars game isn't new, as Just Cause
developer Avalanche Studios
nearly signed with LucasArts to develop one sometime between 2005 and 2009. Likewise, LucasArts' Star Wars 1313
was reportedly being developed as an open-world game before Disney closed the developer
the game's development in April.
EA obtained the exclusive rights to develop and publish Star Wars games in May
, later announcing a new DICE-developed Star Wars: Battlefront game at E3, expected to arrive in mid-2015
. The publisher also recently claimed that it will not pursue
any games based on the new movies in the series.