Just days after its announcement at The Game Awards 2021, it seems that Star Wars: Eclipse is still docked in a galaxy far, far away.
In a thread of tweets by gaming writer Tom Henderson, the newly announced game, co-developed by Quantic Dream and Lucasfilm Games, still has 3-4 years before its release date.
Henderson, who has also been the primary source of initial reports about the game earlier this year, tweeted that “[Star Wars] Eclipse is believed to be around 3-4 years away MINIMUM.” The reporter also confirmed that Quantic Dream founder David Cage is involved very closely in the development of the title in QD’s Paris branch.
Believed to be the reason it would take a long period before the release of Star Wars: Eclipse, Henderson included in the thread that “QD Paris is currently struggling with hiring staff,” attached with an “I wonder why” clause.
It is alleged that the shortage of staff roots in the toxic working culture accused towards Cage and Guillaume de Fondaumière back in January 2018 on top of the sexual assault allegations brought against the developer in 2019, as reported by the French media.
However, the gaming industry insider veered away from the controversy, closing out the thread with: “The biggest on the dev side is their internal QD engine, which wasn’t built for an open-world title. There are currently 60+ job openings for Quantic Dream Paris and 9 in Montreal.”
During this year’s version of the annual gaming award event in Los Angeles last week, QD confirmed that Star Wars: Eclipse is “set in an uncharted region of the Outer Rim the High Republic era.” That’s 200 years before the films, also known as the golden age of the Jedi.
The announcement was followed with a promising cinematic trailer afterward, showing visuals of Trade Federation ships, the outskirts of Naboo, and footage of Yoda, but it was made clear that it is still in its early stages of development. (Read: Google AR brings Baby Yoda to homes across the globe)
The game, QD wrote on their blog, will show an action-adventure formula mixed with their signature narrative elements, as seen on their Heavy Rain and Detroit: Become Human titles. The players will be left with multiple choices throughout the story, which will have their own unique ending.
“Choices have consequences,” the blog stated. “Star Wars: Eclipse is meant to be experienced in many ways, putting in your hands a cast of multiple playable characters, whose interlaced destinies create stories that will be unique to each player.”
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