Ubisoft Massive and their colleagues at LucasFilm have shared some new details today with IGN at San Diego Comic-Con about Star Wars: Outlaws and two locations that have been revealed for the game so far: the new moon Toshara, and Tatooine. This includes the option to work for Jabba the Hutt’s protection, if desired.
Speaking to IGN, director Julian Gerighty stated that Toshara was inspired by the savannahs of East Africa and specifically designed with the speeder hero Kay Vess (who, yes, can be slightly customized) in mind, featuring vast open plains. The team even visited Tanzania for inspiration.
“We start with a biome, in this case, the Southeast African biome as inspiration, and then you add a touch to make it feel somewhat alien,” said Gerighty. “If you think about the first shot, it may not be the first shot, but the first shot of Tatooine. Beautiful and easily changeable architecture, but with two suns. For us, having a large mountain with carvings inside it is like an amberine mountain, a crystalline substance that is a city, and there is a prominent orange material that is very reflective. That’s what brings a strong alien nature. Familiar yet refreshing.”
Then Matt Martin, senior creative executive at Lucasfilm, mentioned the “80/20” rule of Lucasfilm in designing locations that are 80% familiar, but 20% foreign or fantastical. In this case, the inspiration from East Africa is very familiar, but the city and large crystal formations are 20% fantastical.
Lalu, dalam diskusi tentang topik tersebut di SDCC, tim tersebut memberikan informasi tambahan. Tatooine diingatkan kembali sebagai daerah yang mirip dengan padang pasir yang luas. Namun, seperti yang diungkapkan dalam diskusi tersebut, “Ini bukan hanya tentang menggambarkan ulang Tatooine. Ini tentang menciptakan lokasi dengan ceritanya sendiri.”
“When we first thought about where to take Kay,” Gerighty said, “Lucasfilm Games encouraged us to create our own location, and Toshara was born from that challenge. How do we build a massive world to explore? A nest of crime and criminals.”
Toshara secara khusus dirancang dengan tujuan membiarkan pemain menjalani fantasi “penjahat” yang Massive bangun seputar Kay. Mereka menyebutkan tidak hanya kota yang diukir di dalam batu raksasa dan pelataran di sekitarnya, tetapi juga penggunaan tenaga angin yang menghubungkan tiang dengan kota.
Of course, Outlaws will also visit Tatooine. (Just like in almost every recent Star Wars media.)
“If you close your eyes and give someone the option to go anywhere in Tatooine,” said Gerighty. “Mos Eisley. And specifically, one drinking establishment in Mos Eisley. The chances are that you can see every nook and cranny. You can see everything informed by the Lucasfilm archives.”
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It seems that we will also spend a lot of time at Jabba’s palace, carrying out missions for the Hutt himself and navigating the criminal world at its core. And yes, it may not only involve working for Jabba, but also exhausting him – which certainly has its own consequences.
Unfortunately, we did not receive any new gameplay footage or trailers during today’s panel, but hopefully we won’t have to wait too long to get more information. Star Wars Outlaws is expected to be released in 2024.
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