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​EA Has 'Catastrophically Mismanaged' Its Star Wars License, Says 'Rogue One' Writer

​EA Has 'Catastrophically Mismanaged' Its Star Wars License, Says 'Rogue One' Writer

The writer of Disney's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Gary Whitta, has criticised the way EA has handled its rights to create video games based on the galaxy far, far away.

His comments follow the recent announcement that EA's planned open-world Star Wars game, codenamed Orca, has been cancelled, while devs focus on a smaller-scale Star Wars title.

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"I saw a bunch of that game and it looked terrific," says Whitta [via The Sixth Axis], although we're pretty sure he's talking about the previous Star Wars game to be cancelled, Amy Hennig's linear Ragtag. "After it was cancelled I saw some stuff, I saw what they had up that point, it was far from finished but it looked amazing, it would have been Star Wars Uncharted which I'm very excited about." ("Star Wars Uncharted" sounds pretty Hennig, doesn't it.)

Ragtag, helmed by Uncharted director Hennig, was EA's work-in-progress before Orca. The latter project became the primary concern when dramatically cancelled Ragtag, which led to Hennig parting ways with EA.

Whitta continued: "My understanding is what they [EA] were saying all the way through is that we don't want to make Star Wars Uncharted. Well, maybe don't hire the narrative director of the Uncharted games to make it for you, and figure out what it is you actually want?

"If I was an EA shareholder, I'd be f**king furious," he added. "It has been catastrophically mismanaged."

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Since EA has taken control of developing Star Wars games, fans have seen both Star Wars Battlefront and Battlefront 2 released, as well as the announcement of the upcoming, 2019-due Jedi: Fallen Order (hopefully).

But, on top of Orca, we've also witnessed the cancellation of Star Wars: 1313 - a brilliant looking bounty hunter-focused RPG, that told the story of a young Boba Fett - and Attack Squadrons - a freemium multiplayer space combat game.

What do you think about this news? Do you agree with Whitta? Which Star Wars game looked the best? Are you looking forward to Fallen Order? Let us know.

Featured Image Credit: Disney/EA

Topics: Disney, Entertainment, Jedi: Fallen Order, EA, Orca, Technology

Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.

 

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