It looks like EA has cancelled the Star Wars game that was being developed by EA Vancouver. According to Kotaku, it was an open-world game, and people familiar with the project have let them know it’s no longer in development. The game was originally in development at Visceral Games. Amy Hennig had left Naughty Dog, and she was working as the game’s director. It was supposed to be a “linear action-adventure game” with the code name “Ragtag”.
EA Vancouver had assisted Visceral in production until the studio was shut down in 2017. They assumed primary responsibility for the project and decided to convert it into an open world game. EA made the statement that the company would need to “pivot the design” of the game “to deliver an experience that players will want to come back to and enjoy for a long time to come”.
We don’t currently know what will become of the studio or the staff at EA Vancouver, but past experience has shown that you need to keep those resumes current when EA cancels (or even releases) a game. We wish them all the best, and hopefully they will start developing a new game, Star Wars or otherwise, ASAP.
On the plus side (or maybe just less negative side), there is still a Star Wars game coming this year. Respawn Entertainment’s awkwardly announced Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (who knows where the colon will actually be when it launches) is still slated to release later this year. That’s all we actually know about the game and release date from the impromptu conversation that acted as it’s reveal from E3 2018. You can expect to see more about that game and the future of EA Vancouver over the coming weeks.
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