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Obsidian Pitching New Star Wars RPG

Obsidian has pitched LucasArts on the prospect of creating another RPG based on Star Wars, following their work on Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords, a sequel to BioWare's prequel role-playing game. EA's use of The Old Republic setting seems an obstacle to revisiting that setting, but Obsidian CEO Feargus Urquhart tells Rock, Paper, Shotgun: "There’s a lot of different eras in Star Wars, and that’s what we would focus on." He goes on to describe the time period they envisioned when they pitched the game to LucasArts. "We pitched a between-Episode III and Episode IV game," he explains. "Because we think that timeframe is super interesting. It’s the fall of the Republic, the extermination of the Jedi, it’s Obi-Wan going off and making sure Luke is OK. You have the Sith, but you have the extermination of all Force users except for very, very few. So it was an interesting time to set a game, and you know, Chris Avellone came up with a really cool story." A complication is that Disney's acquisition of LucasArts took place since that pitch, but Urquhart hopes this is all still in play, expressing confidence in what he calls one of the "top three pitches we’ve ever come up with," saying LucasArts was very enthusiastic, and that it's "something we’re still hoping for, even with the Disney/Lucas stuff going on."

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38. Re: Obsidian Pitching New Star Wars RPG Feb 8, 2013, 15:51 Jivaro
 
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Project: Eternity and its funded sequel should be taking up all of Obsidian's time and resources right now.

It's far too soon to explore Disney Inc.'s relationship with the Star Wars gaming franchise.

Perhaps it has come time to let Star Wars, a near 40 year phenomenon, fade into memory and let new and more innovative ideas concerning strife in the cosmos develop.

I disagree if only because Obsidian knows that their will be a long line of very big and very rich competition trying to get Disney to let them make the next Star Wars game. Obsidian is being prudent. By showing their interest now and maintaining that interest through the coming months, it could land that company a very good deal that could result in another good game. Watching someone else make that game when you have the credentials...and losing out on that money...would be a mistake.


Opinions on Star Wars itself aside, this is smart business.
 
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