EA cancels another Star Wars game

Dusty Ricketts

There was a great disturbance in the world of video games Tuesday evening, as if millions of fans suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.

So that's a bit of an exaggeration, but "Star Wars" fans who have been upset with EA's handling of the license were given another reason to be disappointed with the publisher.

It was just three weeks ago that I wrote about how EA had not been a good fit for the Star Wars license, having only released two games based on the franchise in the five-plus years it's had the license. What I didn't mention in that column was how they had canceled games they were working on that sounded amazing.

In 2014 they hired Amy Hennig, who had been the head writer of my favorite video game series Uncharted, to write and be game director of a linear single-player Star Wars action-adventure game that was described as Uncharted in space. That could also be described as my dream game. However, EA decided they wanted something different and canceled Amy's game and closed the studio. It moved some of the game's assets to EA Montreal to develop an open world Star Wars game in which you could go where you want and do what you want rather than following a linear story.

On Tuesday, Kotaku reporter Jason Schreier reported that EA has now canceled this game as well. According to Schreier, the game — which was code-named Orca — was very early in development but would involve playing as a scoundrel or bounty hunter who could explore various open-world planets and work with different factions across the Star Wars universe.

Schreier updated his story later than night saying no one from EA Montreal had been laid off and the staff were being transitioned to a different Star Wars title. Although not confirmed by EA officially, people inside the company told Schreier the game was taking too long to develop and EA wanted something it could release sooner. EA hopes to have EA Montreal's smaller Star Wars game out in late 2020, he reported.

Although Amy has since left EA and started her own studio, I'm hoping this means EA will resurrect her single-player game and I'll still, miraculously, still get my Uncharted-like Star Wars game.

Dusty Ricketts is the editor of The Destin Log and The Walton Sun newspapers and can be reached at dricketts@thedestinlog.com. He is currently playing "Star Wars Battlefront 2." You can find him to play online through his PlayStation Network ID, DustRAG316.