According to Mongoose Publishing's 11/12 announcement, they were in negotiation to acquire the Star Wars game license but another company got there first. The exact quote is this:
In other A Call to Arms news, I can now report that we did not manage to grab the licence we were chasing for the game - Star Wars. We weren't really expecting this one to happen (we made a sideways reference to it in the State of the Mongoose), but we got much further along than we thought we would.
The interesting thing is why our negotiations ended - another company beat us to it. We are not going to reveal who this is (you have heard of them), as that is their fanfare to blow. However, I am sure many will find it intriguing that the licence covers card games, RPGs, and... miniatures. Now, the company concerned is not known for its miniatures lines, which will probably put paid to my dream of 28mm multipart/multipose Stormtroopers.
Um...really? Because there's been no such announcement at starwars.com that I could find.
Not that it matters a whole lot to me...my own space opera game won't require a license, being a conglomeration of multiple space fantasies. But I am curious. After all, it's one thing to SAY the license has already been acquired...but perhaps that's just a little something-something to throw other companies off the scent while Mongoose puts together the scratch/financial plan needed to pick it up themselves.
Actually, I wouldn't be too surprised to see someone purchasing a "bundle" license just to do a collectable card game. But WotC already had their shot and dropped it...who else is really that big a player in the card market?
Welp, I'm sure someone will make a real announcement in the near future....