With Disney owning Lucasfilm, the rights to the Star Wars games also came with it. The house of the mouse quickly dropped LucasArts out of the equation as a developing studio. The company has opted instead to hire other triple A studios to develop Star Wars games, like DICE (Battlefield 4) and Visceral Games (Dead Space). BioWare was already known for creating the highly-acclaimed RPG, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and the studio will continue with creating another untitled Star Wars game.
Disney Interactive has just announced a free-to-play Star Wars online game called Star Wars: Attack Squadrons, with Area 52 Games being its developer. Okay, so I’m not expecting much from this game, but the fact that it’s free to play, is a Star Wars game and you can fly an X-Wing fighter or the TIE Interceptor is pretty cool to me.
The beta is expected to be released in early 2014, where up to 16 players will get to play online. Each ship can be customizable and tuned, and the game will have more ships and environments announced alter.
To sign up for the closed beta, visit http://www.starwars.com/attacksquadrons.