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Jade Raymond’s Motive has “creative ownership” over Star Wars RPG

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Motive has creative control over Star Wars RPG

Jade Raymond, one of the most public and prolific game designers in the industry today, announced last month that she would be building Motive Studios – a brand new development house under EA’s thumb. The first project the studio is tackling is a Star Wars RPG, in collaboration with the existing developers Visceral Games. Despite Motive coming on later, it seems that Raymond and her studio are actually going to hold a lot of creative power over the entire thing.

Or at least that’s what she has claimed in a new interview with Game Informer, stating that creative director (and former Naughty Dog writer) Amy Hennig will in fact be spending a lot of time in Montréal with her and her team.

“So the team at Motive has creative ownership over a significant portion of the game. [Creative director Amy Hennig is] going to spend quite a bit of time in Montréal. But it’s probably not quite 50 percent.”

The project, however, remains shrouded in mystery. A report last month suggests that the game will be an open-world RPG that will borrow a lot of elements from the cancelled Star Wars 1313 project of old. Raymond’s Motive Studio is entirely dedicated to the project, but will also be working on creating a brand new IP for launch afterwards. Again, she offered little to go on.

“That’s going to be a big game, and we’re doing a big portion at Visceral and a big portion at Motive. That’s a huge opportunity. I have a ton of great, talented people who are huge Star Wars fans who really want to work on that. We’re going to be focusing on that first.”

Whatever it is, it’s going to be a long time before we even catch a glimpse of it – considering we still don’t even know what Star Wars title Motive and Visceral are working on. With Raymond having a lot of creative control over the project though, I think we can rest assured its going to be something interesting (to say the least).

Last Updated: August 14, 2015


  1. So you could say she’s… MotivEAted!


    • Corrie

      August 14, 2015 at 11:14

      For a year or so maybe then next it’ll be the phone calls at 2 in the morning from execs insisting that they game is always online due to “core game mechanics” and that including “Battlepacks” is key to making the player enjoy the game and that “microtransactions” will help those players who simple don’t have the time to play(seriously why are you attempting to play if you have no time?)


      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        August 14, 2015 at 11:48

        Urg. Bioware points. Another reason why I never bothered getting any of the ME3 DLC.


        • konfab

          August 14, 2015 at 13:44

          I feel sorry for you. You missed the best experience of the entire trilogy in Citadel DLC.


    • RinceThis

      August 14, 2015 at 11:37



  2. Ranting Raptor

    August 14, 2015 at 11:16

    I sense…. alterior motives…. badumtsh


    • Corrie

      August 14, 2015 at 11:19

      This game has all the Motive of being a great game /s

      Almost thought you were trying to say badumar?


    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      August 14, 2015 at 11:50

      I felt a great disturbance in the Spelling Force, as if millions of Grammar Nazis suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear a typo has occurred.


      • Ranting Raptor

        August 14, 2015 at 11:59

        hahahaha well played


      • RinceThis

        August 14, 2015 at 12:05

        But Admiral isn’t here 0_O


    • Alessandro Barbosa

      August 14, 2015 at 12:17



  3. Brady miaau

    August 14, 2015 at 11:21

    Is this good news, guys? I am not sure. Not enough to go on. Sad. Want new RPG now.

    Confession time. I have only played Witcher 3 for like 4 hours since the Kotor 2 patch was loaded last weekend. Been playing Kotor 2 instead. Why? Kotor 2 grabs me a bit more.

    Same with DA:I. I took a while off playing and then pushed through to the end. Need the break.


  4. Hammersteyn

    August 14, 2015 at 11:29

    Would it have had customizable lightsabers?



  5. VampyreSquirrel

    August 14, 2015 at 11:30

    I hope they don’t f*** it up.


    • Aaron Lucas

      August 14, 2015 at 13:51

      EA is behind it, so you know they will.


  6. konfab

    August 14, 2015 at 13:42

    KOTNR (Knights of the New Republic)



  7. Aaron Lucas

    August 14, 2015 at 13:54

    As much as I loved KOTOR and would love a new SW RPG, as long as EA has rights to these games I will not be going anywhere near them. Seriously who thought it was a good idea to give EA rights for that long?


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