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Ubisoft reveals first trailer for Star Wars: Outlaws open-world game

Starfield wasn’t the only Space saga to get tongues wagging at the Xbox Games Showcase.

To the delight of Jedis everywhere, a trailer for the new Star Wars Outlaws game crash-landed during Sunday’s event.

The new title comes from Ubisoft, the studio behind the beloved Assassin’s Creed series, and is the first open-world Star Wars game.

Set between the events of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, Outlaws is less concerned with the heroics of the Rebel Alliance. Instead, you’ll step into the scuffed-up shoes of scoundrel Kay Vess as she tries to outwit the galaxy’s criminal underworld to pull off a life-changing heist.

Although the trailer didn’t feature any gameplay, Ubisoft is promising “an action-adventure story filled with characters and planets both new and well-known to the Star Wars galaxy”. We may be treated to more footage during the Ubisoft Forward event at 5.45pm today. The game will arrive in 2024 on Xbox Series X/S, PS5, and PC.

Star Wars Outlaws was originally announced in 2021, when Ubsisoft revealed that it was working with Lucasfilm and Disney on a new open-world game.

Massive Entertainment, the studio Ubisoft acquired from Activision in 2008, is overseeing the new title. The Swedish developer is best known for The Division series, Far Cry 3 and Assassin’s Creed Revelations. Alongside Outlaws, Massive is also working on another game based on a blockbuster franchise owned by Disney: Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora.

Ubisoft will be hoping the games can turn around its fortunes after a disappointing start to the year that saw it cancel three games, and push back the release of its pirate adventure Skull and Bones.

Of course, open-world games aren’t as hot as they used to be. For every classic like GTA 6, there’s a shallow imitation such as Saints Row (2022). Ubisoft has also been accused of creating empty open-world games in some of its Assassin’s Creed sequels.

Nevertheless, the thrill of knocking off the biggest money vaults in the Outer Rim is bound to get pulses racing. It helps that Star Wars is in the midst of a gaming renaissance thanks to EA’s solid Cal Kestis games, including Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and this year’s Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.

The force is strong with this one.