Star Wars Games Under EA and the Games That Could Have Been
By Jeffrey Chapman On February 22nd, 2019
In 2013, EA obtained the rights to publish Star Wars video games on all platforms. Since then, there has been only four games produced by EA: Battlefront, Battlefront II, Galaxy of Heroes, and The Old Republic. Besides Galaxy of Heroes, which is pretty good for a mobile game, I don’t quite care for EA’s current Star Wars games. I’m not the only one who thinks so either. There are rumors that Disney doesn’t like the way EA is handling their Star Wars games (go figure). If things keep going the way they are, EA might lose their license in the near future. EA is currently working of a game called Jedi: Fallen Order. This game could be EA’s saving grace, or it could mean disaster. If EA really wanted to save their butts, I would suggest trying to revive some of the cancelled games throughout Star Wars history.
1313 was going to be a bounty hunter based story set in the underbelly of Coruscant. I loved the idea of exploring the shady parts of the Star Wars universe in more detail. The 2013 demo video that was released made the game look incredibly promising. It looked like it would have been an interesting and action-packed cinematic experience that we will unfortunately never get to enjoy.
Until very recently, I had no idea that, once upon a time, there was a video game in development that was entirely centered on Darth Maul. The game play footage that still exists for the Maul game looks like the game would have played fairly similar to The Force Unleashed, which was basically a fast paced hack-and-slash game. As a pretty big fan of the first Force Unleashed game, and Darth Maul being my favorite Sith, I probably would have loved to play a game like this.
Knights of the Old Republic 3:
By far the most disappointing cancellation in Star Wars video game history. The two completed KotOR games are, to this day, two of my favorite games of all time. A third addition to the KotOR story would have been well received by many. In addition to the cancellation of KotOR 3, a cease and desist was ordered on a fan made reboot of the first game using Unreal Engine 4. The work on the reboot began in 2016 and had supposedly made a good amount of progress before being shut down in 2018. It’s all very heartbreaking because, honestly, I would pay good money to get my hands on KotOR 3 or a rebooted version of the first. Alas, it looks like all we’ll ever have is the original two for the rest of our days. But hey, at least they are available on Steam.
What Could Have Been
There are plenty of other cancelled Star Wars games that we could discuss from the most recent cancellation of Project Orca, the open world game that was being worked on by EA’s Vancouver team, to Imperial Commandos, the sequel to the 2005 Republic Commandos. If we look to the future, however, we have Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order to look forward to. Not much is known about the game currently except that is supposed to be centered on the story of a Jedi Padawan shortly after the events of Episode III. The game is supposedly only a single player experience, which might just be what the Star Wars game franchise needs right now. At this point, all we can do is hope that, for starters, the game doesn’t get cancelled like many of the others, and that the game turns out better than the other Star Wars games that EA has produced.
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