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#1 Posted by Rorie (5672 posts) -

That's according to Kotaku. It's weird that Star Wars as a property doesn't seem to be able to find traction with a lot of their games as of late, but I'm sure having Disney involved probably makes it more difficult to get things approved by all the stakeholders but it's still a little weird that these things keep getting canceled.

Electronic Arts has canceled its open-world Star Wars game, according to three people familiar with goings-on at the company. The game, announced alongside the shutdown of Visceral Games back in 2017, had been in development at EA’s large office in Vancouver.

EA Vancouver, a large studio that mostly handles support for a variety of the publisher’s games including FIFA and Battlefront, had been working on this open-world Star Wars game since October 2017, when EA closed Visceral Games. Until then, Visceral—best known for its popular Dead Space horror series—was developing its own Star Wars game. That project, code-named Ragtag, was a linear action-adventure game directed byUncharted director Amy Hennig. EA Vancouver had been assisting on the project, and when EA closed Visceral Games on October 17, 2017, the Vancouver studio took it over.

The fact that I can't really think of the last Star Wars game that I really enjoyed is a bit surprising. Force Unleashed? Republic Commando? I had a decent time with KOTOR, I guess.

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#2 Posted by reap3r160 (200 posts) -

With all of these games getting canceled, and the size of the IP/the inevitability of a game at SOME point....I am EXTREMELY curious to see what that one game ends up being.

I am almost certain Disney wants a game out, it's just a matter of when and what it will be. Or they're just going to ride the already released games that are still making money(SWOTR and Galaxy of Heroes).

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#3 Posted by deckard (351 posts) -

Disney is probably even harsher these days after the Battlefront II debacle. It takes effort to get multiple national governments investigating the monetization practices of a game set in the most lucrative franchise ever.

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#4 Posted by OMGFather (1033 posts) -

What a mess. All that time and effort wasted. Surely another reason for Disney to bin off EA? All they've done with the Star Wars license is Battlefront and the controversy that brought.

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#5 Posted by sparky_buzzsaw (8845 posts) -

Make another Yoda Stories and print that lettuce.

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#6 Edited by Relkin (1142 posts) -

Maybe Disney will rethink their exclusivity deal with EA and open things up. Or, they'll just quit bothering with AAA game development, and stick to mobile for any future Star Wars video games.

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#7 Posted by Onemanarmyy (4242 posts) -
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Luckily we'll always have this.

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#8 Posted by Panfoot (321 posts) -

I know games take a long time to make, especially large AAA games, but it seems kind of crazy that the only 2 non-mobile games to come out of the EA/Disney deal so far are the two Battlefront games. We've had 4 movies come out since the deal and their representation in games largely amounts too a map or two added into the Battlefront games after a while. Compare that to the early 2000s when we got a bunch of prequel era themed games a long with a wide variety of great EU games.

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#9 Posted by Barrock (4112 posts) -

EA just seems to be a bit of a garbage fire.

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#10 Edited by Hayt (1664 posts) -

Fucking hell we're never getting a good singleplayer Star Wars game are we?

Edit: Oh my god their reason for cancelling it was that it would take too long? That's how you make good games you fuckwits. Disney needs to end this EA deal ASAP.

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#11 Edited by conmulligan (1894 posts) -

There are a bunch of legitimate reasons to cancel a project, but doing so in order to fart out some other game in 18 months seems fucking dumb. What is with Andrew Wilson?

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#12 Edited by Onemanarmyy (4242 posts) -

I imagine the people at EA are constantly looking at what's hot at twitch.tv and getting really frustrated that whenever they spot a trend, a new one appears during development.

`People love uncharted, let's make one of those! ' Oh.. they like open world games now. Let's make that! Oh.. Now they like livegames & battle royales. Why are we making a singleplayer open world game?!`

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#13 Posted by Bane (909 posts) -

What a bummer. I've been binge watching Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and it's really put me in a mood to play a Star Wars game. I did go looking for one, but there hasn't been a Star Wars game for me since The Force Unleashed in 2008. I didn't play The Force Unleashed II for whatever reason. I did recently play the first few hours of The Old Republic and that seems pretty neat, but I can't start a lengthy RPG a month before the Anthem/Division 2 one-two punch is released.

At least there's still Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order? Whatever that is at this point.

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#14 Posted by berfunkle (172 posts) -

And I would have bought it! Stupid stupid, EA! What? They think everyone wants to play some battle royale game?! Geez...

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#15 Posted by BladeOfCreation (1271 posts) -

Extremely disappointing. Star Wars 1313 got canceled, and now this.

I guess I'll still have Galaxy of Heroes, but I want a good single player Star Wars game. Battlefront 2 wasn't it. I'm currently playing through that campaign (it was $8 on the PS store). It's so bad. Like legitimately the worst AAA game I've played in years.

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#16 Posted by MonkeyKing1969 (7515 posts) -

Star Wars games of late have been paid DLC trashfires. So, saying these game don't get traction would seem NOT to be the properties or even the public's fault. Once gain EA is staying, "Well, we cannot milk this property for every last cent everyone owns. So, it not really worth our time to just make a sizable profit...we will ONLY make Star Wars games if we can make all the money ever....we want Fortnight money on top of World of Warcraft money, that is then balanced on top of Pokemon GO money.

Oh, I'm sure Dinsey is sticking their thumbs in this too, but really the only thing stopping a profitable gaming from coming out under a Star Wars license is greed by all parties involved.


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#17 Posted by Big_Denim (833 posts) -

Man, I really hope Respawn's Star Wars game is good now. It's the only Star Wars game in the foreseeable future.

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#18 Posted by OMGFather (1033 posts) -

@onemanarmyy said:

I imagine the people at EA are constantly looking at what's hot at twitch.tv and getting really frustrated that whenever they spot a trend, a new one appears during development.

`People love uncharted, let's make one of those! ' Oh.. they like open world games now. Let's make that! Oh.. Now they like livegames & battle royales. Why are we making a singleplayer open world game?!`

I can totally see this at EA headquarters. Unfortunately, I guess they missed God of War on Twitch showing that story games do still work.

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#19 Posted by soulcake (2708 posts) -

Next up Epic buy's the star wars license and only makes fortnite skins with it.

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#20 Posted by TheRealTurk (474 posts) -

That's too bad. Heaven forbid they do anything original in a huge universe like that. I'm sure whatever Battlefront Star Wars 3 ends up being, it'll just be another recycle of Star Wars "Greatest Hits," but with bits from the most recent movies added in.

It's not like Disney is blameless in this either. It's a bad sign that the best thing to come out of their stewardship of the Star Wars franchise is the Emo Kylo Ren Twitter account. Their monomaniacal dedication to eliminating anything Extended Universeinteresting from that universe probably leaves pretty limited options for what games are allowed to do story-wise.

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#21 Edited by interlude (15 posts) -

I would have liked to see what this property would have ended up being, especially it being a huge fan of Visceral games (sans Dead Space 3). Cancellations like this leads me to believe that the argument about AAA studios might be starting to dwindle more from publishers like EA.

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#22 Posted by MrGreenMan (185 posts) -

Good. Maybe Star Wars can be given to another company that actually cares about the property other than making a profit.

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#23 Posted by Hayt (1664 posts) -

@mrgreenman: I think EA has at least 5 more years before their deal expires so buckle up.

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#24 Posted by OMGFather (1033 posts) -

@hayt said:

@mrgreenman: I think EA has at least 5 more years before their deal expires so buckle up.

At this point no one would be surprised if Disney terminates it early

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#25 Posted by Hayt (1664 posts) -
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#26 Posted by Shindig (4884 posts) -

That's enough time to make a soccer game starring Disney characters.

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#27 Edited by soulcake (2708 posts) -

@shindig: Can't wait for the Hazard Star Wars skin pack.

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#29 Posted by BigBoss1911 (2932 posts) -

Take the license away from these idiots, please.

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#30 Posted by Shindig (4884 posts) -

@soulcake said:

@shindig: Can't wait for the Hazard Star Wars skin pack.

No, we need footage of Donald Duck posing with his card or Mickey Mouse being livid at his rating.

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#31 Posted by CacheandPlay (3 posts) -

@bane: I was going to mention Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order in pretty much the same way. Not much info out on that one at this point. With Respawn as the developer, it is likely a linear action-adventure game rather than some open world/galaxy/universe. The EA website says "Holiday 2019", so my guess is it will be pushed to Q1 2020.

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#32 Posted by FrostyRyan (2909 posts) -

Boy I miss Lucasarts