UPDATE: as promised Ubisoft released a 10 minute video with actual gameplay footage today! I added the video! Click through to learn more!
This is where the fun begins?
The Star Wars You Tube channel dropped a story trailer for the upcoming Ubisoft open world Star Wars game ‘Outlaws’, scheduled for release in 2024! And a gameplay trailer is going to be released tomorrow, meaning the game must be pretty far into development!
You will play as Kay Vess, a female scoundrel. But she’s not alone, she has an animal companion named Nix and chances are you will meet other friends in the game. While there are no details yet it seems there won’t be the option to create a custom character, which is usually standard for most open world games, one prominent exception is Red Dead Redemption and of course the Assassin’s Creed games by Ubisoft. Chances are also that you won’t even be able to change Kay’s appearance, similar to how Cal Kestis is a fixed character in the Repawn games. Also, since everything is canon, according to Lucasfilm, they may have wanted Ubisoft to create a canon character they can, in theory, also use for other media like books or shows.
Outlaws will be set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Are you excited for an open world Star Wars game? Say about Ubisoft whatever you will but their open world design is usually pretty great, now they only have to rein in their usual shortcomings like map markers for 1,000,000 chests and 500,000 fetch quests.
And here is the trailer!
There is also an as of yet pretty barebones official website for the game!
Go to www.starwarsoutlaws.com to keep up to date, Ubisoft will certainly post more news in the coming weeks.
And here is the 10 minute gameplay trailer!
So what can we say after the gameplay trailer?
Questions that are still left unanswered: how large are the individual planets? How many planets will there be? Is space something you can explore, i.e. can you fly to space stations, starship wrecks and find loot or treasure? Can you, to a degree, customize how Kay looks? And here I mean clothing (almost certainly yes), but what about things like hairstyle or tattoos? Kay has a tattoo in the footage, it would be nice if you could at least customize all of that, similar to what Ubisoft did with Eivor in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, where the two characters (male/female option) are pre-determined, but you can customize hairstyles and tattoos (and for the male option beards too).
In my opinion the gameplay footage looked fun and Ubisoft are usually pretty great at making compelling great looking, immersive worlds. Now the big questions is what the gameplay loop will be and how the upgrade system works, will you need to grind for resources like in virtually any other Ubisoft game, for example?
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