It’s been 6 years since EA acquired exclusive rights to develop Star Wars games, and Star Wars fans have yet to see a AAA game release that doesn’t include the word Battlefront in the name. According to Kotaku, EA has decided to cancel an unannounced, open world Star Wars project, code named Orca, due to dissatisfaction with the potential release date.
The origins of Orca date back to 2013 when EA announced that 3 flagship developers would be working on Star Wars games in the future. One of the 3 announced developers was Visceral Games, creators of Dead Space, but after 4 years of planning and development, Visceral Games shuttered and the Star Wars game they were working on was transferred over to EA Vancouver where it went through a complete overhaul to become what is now referred to as Orca.
As of today, Orca is believed to be canceled, but Kotaku’s sources say that not all hope is lost for Star Wars fans. Apparently, EA has decided to begin development on a new, smaller scale Star Wars game that has a potential release date somewhere in 2020. This would have been sooner than the expected release date for Orca, but there is no way to know if this new game exists or what the time table for release is if it does exist.
For now, all we know is that another Star Wars project is canceled. But, Star Wars fans do have Respawn Entertainment’s Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order to look forward to in the fall of 2019.