Video game fans may have just felt a disturbance in the Force, as if millions of gamers cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced, and that’s because the development of the extremely cool-sounding open world Star Wars game from EA has reportedly ceased and the game has been canceled.
According to Kotaku, Electronic Arts ended the project’s work over at its Vancouver branch, where it’s been in development since fall of 2017, when Visceral Games closed down. Visceral was doing its own Star Wars game, which Vancouver rebooted and altered from a traditional action-adventure story into an open world game with some of the same art elements.
The game, allegedly code-named Orca, was still very early in development but allowed players to be “a scoundrel or bounty hunter” roaming around the vast expanses of Star Wars’ worlds while garnering favor with factions and raising the ire of others. However, it was simply too big to push out in the timeframe they wanted.
While much of this game has been subject to speculation, fans had also been skeptical about its prospects due to EA’s Star Wars Battlefront II. Since EA owns the exclusive rights to make Star Wars games (and already faced criticism over its handling of paid content in Star Wars Battlefront II), there was plenty of worry than an open world game could exploit fans across galaxies far, far and away. On the plus side, it sounds like no jobs were lost because of this cancellation and that the game may not be entirely dead ... as long as the next Star Wars game works out well, that is.
As EA steps back from whatever Orca could have been, it seems to be in favor of something quicker and less ambitious. Reports say a smaller-scale Star Wars game could be coming from the studio in 2020, though Respawn, another EA-owned studio, is planning to release Jedi: Fallen Order for fall of this year.