EA’s problems with its Star Wars game franchise are not ending anytime soon even in 2019. It’s now being reported by Kotaku that their open-world Star Wars game which was in works at EA Vancouver has now been canceled.
According to Kotaku’s Jason Schreier, three anonymous sources who were familiar with the happenings of this open-world Star Wars game by EA claim that it is now canceled. This open-world Star Wars game by EA Vancouver was never shown to the public.
EA Vancouver is known for big games like FIFA and Battlefront. EA Vancouver is a big studio and it was working on this new open-world Star Wars game since 2017. This open-world Star Wars game was originally called Ragtag and was being developed by Visceral Games and was headed by Uncharted veteran Amy Hennig. Amy Hennig did say that the game would be something like Uncharted.
Visceral Games are known for their hit Dead Space games. EA Vancouver was assisting Visceral Games with this project. Things didn’t work out well as the Visceral Games studio was shut down in 2017 and Amy Hennig left.
Afterward, on the base of that Ragtag project, EA Vancouver decided to turn it into an open world game. EA Vancouver rebooted this entire project but kept some of the assets. It was then code-named Orca and was in very early development stages according to Kotaku. The story of the game “involved playing as a scoundrel or bounty hunter who could explore various open-world planets and work with different factions across the Star Wars universe.”
Well, the reason for the cancellation of this open world game is in favor of another small scaled Star Wars game which will release some time soon. This new Star Wars game project is expected to have a release date of 2020.
They cancelled Orca in favor of a smaller-scale Star Wars project that’s now aimed for much sooner—likely, late 2020, which also happens to be around the time that I’ve heard next-gen consoles will launch. (Might be a bit earlier; might be a bit later. From what I’ve heard, next-gen plans are definitely still in flux.)
The sources also told Kotaku that there were no layoffs done as a result of this sudden cancellation of the game. It looks like EA is trying to cut down their costs and focus on something that’s going to release sooner. We have already seen publishers like Activision cutting off their costs to be more productive.
Well, EA has yet to confirm if this is true or not. Many fans are now disappointed because they wanted an open world Star Wars game from a long time.
Though the good news is that the Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order is still in development. It is expected to release sometime in 2019. Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order is being developed by Titanfall studio “Respawn Entertainment”.
Kotaku also says that many people still hope that this Orca project might be restarted once again after the finishing of this new Star Wars project. Do come back to know if EA has anything official to say about this sudden cancellation of the game.