Star Wars Outlaws looks absolutely phenomenal. In development at Ubisoft Massive, this is the first ever open world Star Wars game, with Outlaws designed to take you into the criminal underworld populating the Outer Rim. After our first look at gameplay, Outlaws is undoubtedly our most anticipated of the upcoming Star Wars games.
In Star Wars Outlaws you'll take on the role of Key Vess, guiding the scoundrel in third-person through a broad action-adventure experience. The key objective is to survive, although she also has her sights set on pulling off the greatest heist the Outer Rim has ever seen. This original story, set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, is due to arrive in 2024. While you wait, keep reading to find everything we know about Ubisoft's Star Wars game so far.
Star Wars Outlaws release date and platforms
Ubisoft has set a tentative Star Wars Outlaws release date of 2024. We know that Star Wars Outlaws will be released for PS5, PC, and Xbox Series X, although no further announcements have been made regarding the release window or whether Outlaws will ultimately come to Game Pass.
Star Wars Outlaws setting
Star Wars Outlaws is the first ever open-world Star Wars game. The game takes place between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi in the Star Wars timeline. While little is known about the setting itself, it would appear that Star Wars Outlaws will take place (at least partially) in Toshara – a new location for the Star Wars universe, which you can catch a glimpse of at the 1:20 and 2:10 marks in the first trailer.
Star Wars Outlaws story
Star Wars Outlaws will introduce you to Kay Vess, a scoundrel who is trying to survive in the galactic underworld. The core storyline will see Kay attempting to pull off one of the biggest heists in the Outer Rim, all while trying to outmaneuver the reach of the Empire, the grasp of the Syndicates, and elements of her past. Kay is hoping to use the gains from the heist so that she can start a new life, although if I know my Star Wars, that's always easier said than done.
Star Wars Outlaws Kay Vess
Kay Vess is a brand new character to the Star Wars universe. She's a scoundrel attempting to survive the criminal underworld, against the backdrop of the Empire's ongoing war against the Rebel Alliance. We know that Kay will be looking to pull off the biggest heist the Outer Rim has ever seen, although she may have some bigger things to worry about. From the debut trailer, it's made clear that Kay has a bounty on her head – we see members of the Pyke Syndicate and the Hutts here, so it's unclear who exactly is after her.
Star Wars Outlaws gameplay
We've had our first look at Star Wars Outlaws gameplay and it appears that Massive Entertainment is building a Rockstar-style adventure in space. As Kay Vess you'll be tooling around the criminal underbelly of the Outer Rim, doing what you can to survive – even if that means making dirty deals with Syndicates, double-crossing the Empire, and betraying whatever few friends you have left.
When Ubisoft Massive said it was building an open world Star Wars game it wasn't kidding. While Outlaws will thread you through more contained areas for missions – which you'll have the opportunity to stealth through, or go all-action with a blaster in hand – you are able to hop on a speeder and whip around planets. It looks as if there will be different towns and cities to explore within each planet, and if you get on the wrong side of the ruling party you'll be able to hop into your spaceship (the Trailblazer) and use hyperspace to reach somebody different.
That's right, Star Wars Outlaws features a full reputation and wanted system. While we're yet to get complete detail on how this works in practise, it does appear to be influenced by your decisions in missions and by your actions in the open world areas. You'll also have complete freedom to pilot your ship, get into dogfights, and navigate a vast system of planets. Basically, Star Wars Outlaws looks every bit the open world Star Wars games you've always dreamed of playing.
Star Wars Outlaws cast
The two confirmed Star Wars Outlaws cast members surround the two lead characters, Kay Vess and Nix. Kay is being brought to life by Humberly González – who has starred in Killer High, In the Dark, Utopia Falls, and Ginny & Georgia. Kay's loyal companion, Nix, will be played by Dee Bradley Baker – a voice actor who you'll recognise from Star Wars: The Bad Batch and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Star Wars Outlaws developer
Star Wars Outlaws is in development at Massive Entertainment. That's the studio responsible for The Division and The Division 2, and a couple of upcoming Ubisoft games including Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora. Creative director Julian Gerighty says this of the new Star Wars game:
"When we first imagined the first open-world Star Wars game, we explored where and when it could take place, and quickly realized that we had all the right ingredients for the journey of a scoundrel. These outlaws live life under the thumb of the Galactic Empire, but can still thrive given the opportunities that the criminal underworld opens up for people looking to take advantage of the turmoil. The time is ripe for a new outlaw to make their name, and Kay Vess is written in the stars."