Star Wars: Outlaws is the first Star Wars game that Ubisoft is working on. The game is set in the Outer Rim, between Episode 5 / The Empire Strikes Back and Episode 6 / Return of the Jedi. Narrative director Navid Khavari and game director Matthias Gerighty talked about the different aspects of Star Wars: Outlaws including the story, reputation system, and more. Here is what you need to know.
Star Wars: Outlaws Story Details
The main character of the game is not from the light or dark side and is a smuggler, which some would say is a new approach. Cavalli commented on this choice and mentioned the following regarding the matter:
This started as a small idea, but when I had a project at LucasFilm Games, they listened carefully to what I had to say and it was a fun presentation. In the Star Wars saga, at a high level, there is a galactic war going on between the Imperials and the Rebels, in which the Jedi and the Sith are fighting. But what about those who live in the galaxy at a lower level, the ground level? People who are at the mercy of someone else’s war and have no choice, people who can’t live without doing any kind of work, and people who seem to be glimpsed in the background in movies, are not black and white. I wonder if there are people who live in a gray way.
The devs also talked about how Kay Vess and Nix are the underdogs in the story since they do not have access to heavy weapons or the force, that the Sith and Jedi use. Carlson mentioned the following in this regard:
This is the part where I personally feel a sense of familiarity, and the fear and thrill of fighting against enemies and situations that you can never beat, such as the Force and heavy weapons, while using stealth and making good use of the environment. You can enjoy the game play. When I first started developing the game, I wasn’t sure if it would be possible, but now I feel like it’s possible.
Furthermore, the devs talked about why Star Wars: Outlaws is set between Episode 5 / The Empire Strikes Back and Episode 6 / Return of the Jedi. Cavalli had the following to say regarding the matter:
As I said earlier, it’s a dramatic year in which the conflict between the Imperials and the Rebels intensifies. But what about other people? At the beginning of Episode 6, you can see the power of Jabba the Hutt, but the Underworld was also a time of great development as a middle power in the middle of the war, and the leaders of these syndicates were rich. I was getting As a screenwriter, I feel great joy in being able to draw such an unknown story.
Star Wars: Outlaws Reputation System
We know that Hutts and Pykes are part of the game but the devs also talked about there being a reputation system as well. Carlson had the following to say about the reputation system in Star Wars: Outlaws.
In the video released in conjunction with this event, it is set to break into Pikes’ facility and steal something, but the failure of stealth has caused Pikes’ reputation to deteriorate. In this way, each player’s choice greatly affects their reputation, which in turn affects the places they can access, the price at the shop, and the requests they receive from each faction.
In the footage, you can see that when Key escaped, a small message appeared on the left of the screen, causing him to lose his reputation with Pikes. In order to restore your reputation, you can take on their requests, which will lead to new story developments and new items to be unlocked.
Cavalli further elaborated by mentioning the following:
So Kay will get the chance to get a bigger job as she makes her name in the underworld. At the end of this video, the “Wanted” level goes up for refusing to bribe an Imperial officer in Jaunta’s Hope, but the Imperials see it as “police”. It may be easier to understand if you get it. If you let go of the pursuer and do nothing for a while, the alert level will decrease.
The devs also talked about the new planet called Toshara. Cavalli talked about how LucasFilm Games was very specific about the different aspects of the planet including the climate, vegetation, creatures, and even the culture of the people who live there. The devs explained that the winds are strong on the planet and that the politicians here are corrupt and are involved with criminals.
Let us know what you think about Star Wars: Outlaws and whether or not you are interested in playing the game. It is also worth mentioning that Star Wars: Outlaws and Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora will not release on Steam or Epic Games Store and will be exclusive to Ubisoft Connect on PC.