J.J. Abrams and his production company Bad Robot productions will begin developing brand new video game division in the near future. Does that mean Star Wars gaming now fall under his umbrella?
J.J. Abrams is expanding his Universe of storytelling, by boldly going where he’s never gone before — into the video gaming galaxy. Bad Robot productions, who produced Star Wars: The Force Awakens, announced recently that they are releasing brand-new video gaming products for consoles, mobile smart devices, and PC.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Bad Robot productions President/COO Brian Weinstein is the mastermind behind this new venture and is joining “Forces” with Chinese media guru Tencent with their
J.J. Abrams will be involved with the creative aspect of things and cannot contain his excitement with this new venture.
"“I’m a massive games fan, and increasingly envious of the amazing tools developers get to work with, and the worlds they get to play in. Now we are doubling down on our commitment to the space with a unique co-development approach to game making that allows us to focus on what we do best, and hopefully be a meaningful multiplier to our developer partners.”"
Bad Robot games have been around for nearly a decade, but this will be J.J. Abrams first known involvement. According to the press release:
"Dave Baronoff, who has led Bad Robot’s games and interactive content creation since 2006, will head up the game division. Baronoff has worked on branded titles spun off from popular Bad Robot franchises such as Cloverfield as well as the current co-development project Spyjinx with Epic Games, ChAIR and Tencent."
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Naturally, this stirs up rumors of Bad Robot and J.J. Abrams taking on future Star Wars video gaming adventures. Unfortunately, Star Wars/Lucasfilm have a contract with EA through 2023, but garnered by the fandom’s response to the recent Battlefront two video games, are ready for someone else to take over its gaming aspects.
Rumors surfaced a while back that EA may be losing their rights to make Star Wars games sooner than later — man, I hope this is true!
Bad Robot and J.J. Abrams would be the perfect one-two punch in taking over this side of Star Wars, which badly needs a reboot (the forte of J.J. Abrams) and new direction.
With Star Wars: Episode IX beginning filming this summer, it’s plausible that J.J. Abrams may use some of his story ideas for future Star Wars gaming — we can only hope, right?
Personally, I want to see Bad Robot/J.J. Abrams take the Maul video game which hit the cutting room floor and begin with the training of Darth Maul under Darth Sidious. Or, even a criminal underworld Level 1313 game, which has full-scripts written of it anyways.
The possibilities are endless, and it’s time to let J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot spearhead Star Wars video gaming.
Even though the involvement of Star Wars with Bad Robot productions and J.J. Abrams new video gaming project is unknown, it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a reality. I would bet my credits that Lucasfilm/Disney/Star Wars will jump at the chance to move on from EA, which has been a complete and utter disaster.
Help us, J.J. Abrams, you’re our only hope!