EA Has Cancelled Its New Star Wars Open-World Game Because it Would Take Too Long to Develop

Written by Stuart Thomas on Wed, Jan 16, 2019 11:20 AM

Good morning, happy Groundhog’s Day! Reports have emerged Electronic Arts has canceled yet another Star Wars game. The open-world third-person action game in development since 2017 has been shelved according to a report from Kotaku.

Development on the unnamed Star Wars game commenced in October 2017 following the shutdown of Visceral Games and its own unannounced cinematic third-person action Star Wars title. The new game in development was intended to use the work done by Visceral to spin off into a new ongoing open-world Star Wars.

Tracing this story backward, Visceral’s Star Wars project was canceled “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.” By that we understood it to be an ongoing experience designed around recurrent user spending. According to Kotaku, this project was codename Orca and it involved bounty hunting across open-world planets, playing various factions against one another.

Then, in March 2018, EA began hiring for a AAA open-world online Star Wars game. This sounded like the same product, possibly chasing the Destiny/Division style of shared open-worlds and PvE content. In June of that year, ex-Naughty Dog director Amy Hennig parted ways with EA. This was followed by producer Jade Raymond, of Assassin’s Creed fame, also leaving EA in October. A lot of big names jumping ship, a canceled game, a rebooted project, and now yet another cancellation.

EA’s “top decision-makers” decided Orca was going to take too long to develop and thus called the project to a halt. In order to salvage something from this sorry mess, they have allegedly decided on a smaller-scale Star Wars project that they believe can be turned around quickly and will be ready to launch in late 2020, potentially for next-gen consoles. They’ve scrapped a game in development for several years in order to begin another game which will be in development for less than two years. The way that EA has tried and failed to chase after trends with this IP over the last five years, I’ll eat my hat if this project isn’t Star Wars Battlefront hastily repurposed for Battle Royale. Watch this space.

I can only begin to fathom the billions and billions of dollars EA has left on the table by repeatedly screwing up its use of the Star Wars license. We’ve had four new Star Wars movies in the past four years, the franchise has arguably never been bigger. The only new AAA Star Wars games? Star Wars Battlefront and its ill-judged sequel. EA has screwed up this opportunity in a huge way. A Star Wars game is practically guaranteed to sell millions and you couldn’t move for new Star Wars games during the 20 years prior. It’s a sad state of affairs for Star Wars fans, although there remains a beacon of hope in the shape of Respawn’s Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order, which is rumoured to be out later this year.

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03:11 Jan-19-2019

Nothing to see here guys, just EA being old money greedy EA

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19:58 Jan-17-2019

EA in all meetings: "QUANTITY OVER QUALITY PEOPLE!"

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20:04 Jan-17-2019

Not putting out a game is not really a sign of quantity though.

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19:13 Jan-17-2019

Please take away the rights from EA

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18:12 Jan-17-2019

Of course. AAA publishers just want to develop the next quick cash-grab low effort live0service they can get away with. Ironic how they pump out live-services every year and yet they want us to invest in these live-services as if they were long-term projects.

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16:41 Jan-17-2019

Remember years ago when millions of gamers all shouted in pain when Disney announced that they partnered with EA solely to publish Star Wars game titles. THIS IS WHY!! EA is over focused on market shares and shutting down good studios to publish anything the Star Wars fans want. The EA license should truly be burned and made public to any game development studio that can do better than EA.

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17:24 Jan-17-2019

I'm baffled by the fact that people don't realize what a company is... By definition, a company is an organization that is there to make a profit, nothing more nothing less... And the management and higher-ups have been thought similarly to me how to run a company, so yeah, what do people expect?


Also, companies that offer great customer and user experience are not doing it because they care, but because they know that this is a great way to exploit people's psychology to like, trust and stand behind them and their company. In EA's case they are at least honest, so they get some points for that and then comes the marketing to bring it all together... XD


A company that is master of marketing alone can make people like them.

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19:12 Jan-17-2019

Making buyers love you as a company is a marketing strategy indeed, but I prefer it compared to being the only choice for some players. They have monopoly for games like FIFA and use it to do what they want with consumers

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19:47 Jan-17-2019

True. I think the balance between providing good enough user experience and customer experience along with them not pretending too much to care is a great balance, keeping things real, while having mutual respect. You give us a quality product that won't cause customers problems or screw us over and you will get what you want, our money.

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14:22 Jan-17-2019

Im glad blizzard didn't cancelled diablo 3 cuz it took too long to develop

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13:40 Jan-17-2019

Takes too long = more than a year and a half
No quick easy money = no happy EA
S*** game design and is just a reskin of a previous game but has MiCrOTrAnSaCtIoNs = happy EA

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08:02 Jan-17-2019

Kek

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03:18 Jan-17-2019

Was anyone really excited about this?
Live-service, microtransaction-filled rubbish was the only thing that could have come from EA. I think the last time I looked forward to any SW videogame was 1313, and we all know how that story ended

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00:35 Jan-17-2019

This is more proof that letting EA make Star wars games exclusively was a bad idea.

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20:45 Jan-16-2019

One has to admire their consistency...

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20:16 Jan-16-2019

Just reskin FIFA, takes a couple days. really hate EA ...

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17:31 Jan-16-2019

You get out what you put in. Cancelling a game simply because it'd take too long? What a joke. More time spent = more polish = more sales. Simple.
It amazes me how out-of-touch these jokers are these days.

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17:06 Jan-16-2019

EA is really incompetent, maybe they want to release a game without campaing and many lootboxes each year, instead of developing a good game with good story and narrative, they are developing cash grabs.

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17:04 Jan-16-2019

I hope EA doesn't make a dime of the license, and they eat crow for all their lazy efforts. Someone else please do star wars some justice!

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17:07 Jan-16-2019

So you wish that about a thousand people don't get paid enough or potentially get fired, because an accountant told the boss it won't be profitable enough and the boss(probably the CEO or COO) shut down the game development? Egh... sure... I guess... we are overpopulated anyways right?

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18:33 Jan-16-2019

What the fck are you on about dude? What does overpopulation have to do with this situation?
I wish them to do f
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18:33 Jan-16-2019

Also, I'm sorry if those people could potentially lose their jobs, but how is that my fault?
I have no ill will towards any of those people, but I do towards the corporation.

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18:33 Jan-16-2019

If they do lose their jobs, it'd be due to the mismanagement and poor decision, and that is not my fault whatsoever. If they want to blame someone for that then they can blame the company they worked for because they are responsible.

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19:11 Jan-16-2019

EA can suck eggs.

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17:17 Jan-16-2019

A hit I'm all to familiar with, but if your leader is taking you no where its time to find another no matter the means

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17:34 Jan-16-2019

There hasn't been a leader that has taken people, somewhere or anywhere in centuries... so yeah... maybe a select few, but that's at best...

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16:33 Jan-16-2019

EA headquarters: we need a game made in 3 months, with as many lootboxes as possible, casino style

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16:20 Jan-16-2019

Meanwhile, CDPR is like, "let's keep working on this Cyberpunk game another 5-8 years..."

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16:35 Jan-16-2019

meanwhile, CDPR owns GoG and is backed up by the government, overworks, underpays their developers and doesn't pay for extra work hours... yeah, totally comparable situations...

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18:33 Jan-16-2019

Yeah, CDPR are no saints, therefore anything EA does is completely justifiable you say?

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18:36 Jan-16-2019

The point: "fwoosh"
Psychoman: (Looks up) "What was that noise?"

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18:37 Jan-16-2019

Was it the point !?

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18:41 Jan-16-2019

Just that CDPR will take eons to make a game. The concept that, "it will take too long" doesn't seem to apply to them, for better and for worse.


Nothing to do with being ethical or whatever.

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18:46 Jan-16-2019

I mean, I guess you could also infer from this that, by contrast, EA has a history of rushing their developers into making watered-down, bland games. So, that's also a point, I guess.

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13:45 Jan-17-2019

And EA pay their workers adequately and for their extra hours? They also NEVER lay off teams that made 1% less profit than they promised the shareholders? CDPR are no saints, but EA are 10 times as bad. At least when you work at CDPR you know you are working on something with vision and creativity.

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16:01 Jan-16-2019

When will EA end it all by shutting themselves down after all the other studios?

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16:36 Jan-16-2019

when people stop buying anything from them and they run out of money, isn't it obvious?

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23:27 Jan-16-2019

^ What he said.

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14:48 Jan-16-2019

They are going to receive a lot of backlash for this.

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14:12 Jan-16-2019

Dayam Disney, I don't know if you will be able to count that huge money pile flowing to you. I mean, look at those line up of video games EA made for you!

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