Swedish game studio channels fandom in ‘Star Wars Outlaws’

From Yoda figurines to Lego stormtrooper helmets, Star Wars is everywhere around the Massive Entertainment video game studio that’s about to unveil a hotly anticipated title drawn from George Lucas’s iconic franchise. Read full story

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MALMO, Sweden: From Yoda figurines to Lego stormtrooper helmets, Star Wars is everywhere around the Massive Entertainment video game studio that’s about to unveil a hotly anticipated title drawn from George Lucas’s iconic franchise. Hundreds of developers spent years making Star Wars Outlaws , a process the Malmo, Sweden-based studio's executives say took them from mere fans to craftspeople on the beloved epic. "We had to take a step back," said game developer Mathias Karlson, and “make the journey from fandom to being a craftsperson together with Lucasfilms creating something new, a new perspective”.

Anticipation is building ahead of the August 30 release of Star Wars Outlaws , an open world game set between the events of the Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi . "Many of us grew up with Star Wars," said the studio's operations director Alf Condelius. "I was 11 years old when I saw the first film and when I got home, I asked myself how I'd lived 11 years without Star Wars.



" "It's been a fantastic journey almost like reconnecting with childhood,” said Karlson. The Swedish studios, owned by French giant Ubisoft, partnered up with the Star Wars creator's LucasFilm company and began chipping away at the project in 2020. "We wanted to create a video game in which the player would be the director of their own experience, giving them all the possible options – which vehicle to choose, where to go, which criminal group to pledge allegiance to, everything that make.