At The Game Awards this month, Quantic Dream officially unveiled its Star Wars game, promising an ‘intricately branching’ narrative and plenty of lightsaber-swinging action. While the game was swiftly announced after obtaining the Star Wars license, development is still very early on and unfortunately, there are already plenty of signs of trouble with this project.
Quantic Dream obtained a license to develop a Star Wars game in early 2021. We now know that game as Star Wars Eclipse, set during the new ‘High Republic’ era and spanning multiple planets with a story focused on a pair of Jedi Knights.
According to Tom Henderson, a leaker with a good track record over the past couple of years, the game is being written at Quantic Dream’s Paris studio, with controversial director, David Cage, “very much involved”. The game itself is still very early and is believed to be at least 3 to 4 years away at minimum, so it could be 2025 before we finally get to play this game.
In a video update, Henderson added some more details, with sources saying that QD's new ‘open world' engine is causing problems for developers, and there are also issues integrating multiplayer components to the game. While the project has been in development for 18 months already, there is still no playable version.
Another concern appears to be that Quantic Dream Paris is apparently struggling to hire new staff, which could very well be down to previous reports of a poor internal culture at the studio, which include allegations of harassment and discriminatory behaviour.
Currently, there are over 60 job openings at Quantic Dream Paris, who will need to work with QD’s internal proprietary engine and tools, rather than a more well-documented engine like Unreal.
KitGuru Says: Star Wars Eclipse sounds promising but it sounds like QD has quite the task ahead between getting tools and the engine working properly, while also creating content and getting the game into a playable state.