Following the cancelation of Visceral Games’ Star Wars project back in 2017, publisher EA has reportedly canceled another project in the famed IP, as reported by Kotaku. The game was announced alongside the news of the original cancel of the project, and the closure of the studio.
Visceral’s game, code-named Ragtag, was set to be an Uncharted style third-person action-adventure game, written by the creator of Naughty Dog’s hit franchise, Amy Hennig. Following Ragtag’s canceling, EA moved the project to their Vancouver studio, with EA Motive assisting in the development, and rebooted the project. The company kept some of the art assets, but the scope became bigger when it moved to an open-world experience.
At the time of Ragtag’s cancellation, EA said that they wanted to “refocus” the game “to be a broader experience that allows for more variety and player agency, leaning into the capabilities of our Frostbite engine and reimagining central elements of the game to give players a Star Wars adventure of greater depth and breadth to explore.”
Since the news broke late last night, Kotaku’s Jason Schreier has spoken to several people familiar with the canceled open-world game. The codename was Orca, and players would explore various planets and work with different factions across the galaxy as a scoundrel or bounty hunter. Orca was reportedly canceled due to EA wanting a game to release sooner, rather than later. The Vancouver team is now set to work on a smaller-scale Star Wars project, set to launch sometime in 2020.
Following the story, EA released a statement this morning that reads:
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.
EA currently has one known Star Wars game in the pipeline, Jedi: Fallen Order. Developed by Respawn Entertainment, known for their work on the Titanfall franchise, not much is known about their game other than a fall 2019 release date.
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