The rumors suggesting the new Star Wars game being developed by Quantic Dream turned out to be true, as per our previous report. The studio responsible for numerous gaming hits, like Detroit: Become Human, Heavy Rain, and Beyond: Two Souls, finally announced the new game, titled Star Wars Eclipse, at The Game Awards, stating that the project is still in the early stages of development.
As we previously mentioned, Star Wars Eclipse will be set in the High Republic era, some 200 years before the events of the original trilogy. According to Quantic Dream, the new game will be “an intricately branching action-adventure game” with multiple playable characters, which also means the game can be experienced in more than one way — which is the hallmark of all Quantic Dream games. In addition, the developer stated that, despite the project being in its early phases, players can expect quick-time events, surprising narrative twists, and a certain degree of tonal inconsistency. You can see the trailer below:
The trailer features all the familiar and unfamiliar elements of the Star Wars universe, like numerous alien species (some of which are never seen before), droids, ice planets, speeder bikes, Jedi, and tons of material for exploration within the in-game world of Outer Rim. That’s an uncharted section of the galaxy rife with opportunity and political tension that could affect the peace. And, according to the trailer, Master Yoda might make an appearance, though that isn’t fully confirmed at this point. Unfortunately, details surrounding the game are still pretty scarce, and apart from knowing that it’s currently in development, there are no other details.
No release date or supported platforms have been announced, though it’s more than likely for Star Wars Eclipse to make full use of the current console powerhouses, like PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S. And this isn’t the only Star Wars gaming project currently in development. Following EA’s loss of exclusivity, numerous developers pounced at the opportunity to work on one of the greatest IPs ever created. Ubisoft announced an open-world Star Wars game, and in all honesty, playing an Assassin’s Creed-type of game but with Jedi as protagonists seems like an interesting idea. And there are more.
Zynga announced a Star Wars: Hunters video game and Traveler’s Tales announced the development of Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga back in 2019, steadily heading towards a 2022 release date. Of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the big-budget remake of the cult-classic Star Wars: The Knights of the Old Republic from 2003. Of course, all licensing is going through Lucasfilm Games, which is Disney’s resurrected gaming department.
It’s worth mentioning that Quantic Dream has spent the last three years doing something else besides just developing video games — they were going to court. Charged with the same sins as Activision Blizzard and Ubisoft, Quantic Dream was subject to lawsuits over sexist and racist culture, crunch hours, controversial imagery, and inappropriate behavior at the studio. Most of these allegations have been disputed in court, though lost one legal battle with a former employee over failed security obligation. We will have more news Star Wars Eclipse as it comes out.