Star Wars open-world game canceled by Electronic Arts

A new report indicates that EA's previously touted open-world Star Wars game has been canceled, and it's not entirely clear why.

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Video game fans who closely follow development news will likely remember hearing about a Star Wars game that was to be developed by Visceral Games. The project has languished for some time, and it appears that EA has finally pulled the plug, as new reports indicate that the game has been canceled.

This information comes by way of Kotaku, who reports that three anonymous sources close to the game's development are saying the unnamed Star Wars title is no more. No reason was given behind the cancellation, though EA's recent struggles with fans may be to blame.

The Star Wars game in question here already had a troubled development history. Starting out as a title developed by Visceral Games, the studio that Electronic Arts shut down in 2017, the game was meant to be an action-adventure experience featuring a linear style, with Uncharted director Amy Hennig set to direct. The project transferred to EA Vancouver after Visceral closed its doors for good, and the game was then redesigned with an open-world direction.

At the time, EA said that it had "become clear that to deliver an experience that players will want to come back to and enjoy for a long time to come, we needed to pivot the design." Unfortunately, that pivot meant an acclaimed studio would no longer develop the game, and the fan-favorite blockbuster approach would be retooled into something less-than-exciting for core players.

Apparently the game's progress had suffered since the transfer, as EA has canceled its development abruptly without giving any clear reason why. However, it's at least worth mentioning that EA hadn't made a big public show of the unnamed Star Wars game. It had been mentioned in news and company documents, but no real screenshots had ever surfaced. As far as can be told, not too many hours were wasted when the project was scrapped.

So long, unnamed Star Wars game. We'll probably never know what could have been, but at the very least, fans won't have to slog through another shameless Star Wars-themed cash grab. Maybe Electronic Arts can use the extra time and energy to create something fans actually want — something similar to what we thought the canceled Star Wars game would be when it was first announced years ago.

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    January 15, 2019 5:10 PM

    Kevin Tucker posted a new article, Star Wars open-world game canceled by Electronic Arts

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      January 15, 2019 5:47 PM

      Just as well. EA is shit at making games that don't have a number at the end of the title.

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      January 15, 2019 6:10 PM

      Ughhhhhhhhh!

      They should just remake Dark Forces at this point. Haha

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      January 15, 2019 6:20 PM

      "become clear that to deliver an experience that players will want to come back to and enjoy for a long time to come, we needed to pivot the design."

      i.e they wanted recurring revenue and the current design didn't support that.

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        January 16, 2019 7:42 AM

        Fuck EA. Making games for all the wrong reasons.

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        January 16, 2019 8:26 AM

        Your outrage is about a year out of date. They killed the linear story game over a year ago when they shutdown Visceral, this is them killing the "recurring revenue" game that was supposed to be created from it's ashes.

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      January 15, 2019 6:41 PM

      You guys have phones don’t you?!?!’d

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      January 15, 2019 6:43 PM

      - copy past RDR2
      - replace horse with tauntaun
      - replace guns with laser guns
      - replace bears with feral wookies
      - replace i have a plan with may the force be with you
      how tough is that??

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      January 16, 2019 8:13 AM

      Holy shit I can't believe how badly EA is fucking up Star Wars JFC.

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      January 16, 2019 9:45 AM

      This wasn't even on my radar.... Was this highly anticipated or it was still early or simply rumored?

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      January 16, 2019 10:01 AM

      the game floundered for years, got remade multiple times internally, and then was shipped offsite when Visceral was closed.

      The game was never going to come out guys. Put away the pitchforks.

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      January 16, 2019 10:11 AM

      Can't imagine EA will be able to hold on to that license for much longer.

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        January 16, 2019 10:16 AM

        I think I said that a couple of years ago and I guess I was wrong.