Bad news for fans of Star Wars video games. Electronic Arts (EA) has reportedly cancelled its open-world Star Wars game, according to Kotaku.
- EA had been developing the open-world Star Wars game since it shut down Visceral Games back in 2017.
- The game had in development in the company’s office in Vancouver since Visceral was shut down.
- While still being worked on at Visceral Games, the project, which was codenamed Ragtag, was to be a linear action-adventure game directed by Amy Hennig, who directed the Uncharted game series.
- After EA took over the project, it was changed to an open-world concept.
- The game was reportedly going to involve playing as either a scoundrel or a bounty hunter, allowing players to explore multiple open-world planets and team up with various factions around the Star Wars universe.
- EA reportedly scrapped the project in favor of a smaller one because it needed a game to be released much sooner.
What they’re saying:
- A statement from EA on the Star Wars game at the time of the Visceral shutdown: “It has 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. A development team from across EA Worldwide Studios will take over development of this game, led by a team from EA Vancouver that has already been working on the project.”
- A statement from EA regarding the cancellation: “There’s been speculation overnight about one of our Star Wars projects. As a natural part of the creative process, the great work by our team in Vancouver continues and will evolve into future Star Wars content and games. We’re fully committed to making more Star Wars games, we’re very excited about Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order from Respawn, and we’ll share more about our new projects when the time is right.”