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EA’s Open-World Star Wars Game, Codenamed ‘Orca’, Has Been Cancelled

EA’s Open-World Star Wars Game, Codenamed ‘Orca’, Has Been Cancelled

Remember that open-world Star Wars game that EA had been making since 2017? Yeah, about that. It's time to file it beside Star Wars 1313, Attack Squadrons and the Amy Hennig-helmed Visceral (RIP) title, codenamed Ragtag - because it, too, has been officially cancelled.

The open-world title - codenamed Orca, according to Kotaku - would have actually seen the player visiting several worlds within the Star Wars universe, with their character either a bounty hunter or, in Kotaku's words, "a scoundrel" (count us in for the latter, obvs).

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The game was in the early stages of development at EA Vancouver; but now company executives have decided to progress with a smaller-scale Star Wars title, potentially launching alongside next-gen consoles in 2020.

Kotaku reports that nobody working on Orca has been laid off as part of the game's cancellation, and that some devs at the studio are hopeful that the game might be resurrected once this smaller Star Wars title is completed.

Star Wars Solo gif
Star Wars Solo gif

Since taking on the Star Wars license in 2013, EA has released both Star Wars Battlefront (2015) and its sequel (2017, pictured main). Both received a rather lukewarm reception, with the latter at the centre of the huge debate over the use of in-game loot boxes.

In contrast, there was a lot of excitement for Hennig's action-orientated title, which looked to bring the talents of the Uncharted series director to the fore in a classic solo adventure. But EA got cold feet over a strictly linear, single-player-only proposition, and shifted its focus to this now-canned open-worlder.

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The publisher has another Star Wars title in development at present, namely Jedi: Fallen Order, being developed by Titanfall studio Respawn. That's due for release in late 2019, but nothing has yet been shown of it, and gameplay and plot details remain thin on the ground.

Star Wars, eh? What's happened to its video games? Do you holdout any confidence for Jedi: Fallen Order delivering? Let us know.

Featured Image Credit: EA/Disney

Topics: Technology, video games, GAMING, Disney, Electronic Arts

Mike Diver

Head of Content at GAMINGbible. Ex-editor of VICE Gaming and co-founder of Waypoint. Former writer/consultant for BBC's The Gaming Show. Former contributor to Edge, Eurogamer, Kotaku, PCGamesN, Official PlayStation Magazine, gamesTM. Author of 'Indie Games: The Complete Introduction to Indie Gaming' (2016) and 'How to Be a Professional Gamer' (2016). New book, 'Retro Gaming: A Byte-Sized History of Video Games', coming in 2019. Contact: [email protected]

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