After a long period of silence and no new information, it appears that things are getting back on track for Star Wars Eclipse. With all of the new Star Wars games that have come out and are planned for release in the coming years, many have wondered what was happening with Star Wars Eclipse. It felt like a very long time since developer Quantic Dream went silent about the game as it was addressing issues within the studio. But things appear to have changed and details about the progress on Star Wars Eclipse appear to be stable once again. Is this a good sign of things to come?
A video posted on the French website for television station BFM TV shows a behind-the-scenes look at the development of Star Wars Eclipse. While there is no specific gameplay shown, the video features a look at motion capture equipment and other tools that the team has been using during development. In the video (also shared on the station’s Twitter page) Guillaume de Fondaumière, CEO of Quantic Dream, spoke with the station about the game and some of the previous issues that the studio faced which impacted development. This included allegations of a toxic work environment that was a major point of concern for everyone online.
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— BFM Paris Île-de-France (@BFMParis) June 11, 2023
“It is far behind us. We work with our teams every day. It’s going very, very well. We are focused on game development, that’s the only thing that interests us. We decided to lead the studio in another direction, to really have perfect editorial control over our studio.”
If you don’t remember, back in 2018 Quantic Dream was facing allegations of fostering a toxic work environment for a number of developers within the studio. Some had mentioned instances of racism and sexist jokes that were thrown around during work hours, as well as one incident involving Photoshop images of employees in compromising scenarios. This had a bad reaction from gamers online who were eagerly anticipating Quantic Dream’s next project, to the point that studio founder David Cage responded to the controversy in an interview with Edge Magazine, denying the allegations at the time.
“Of course, like any human organization, we are not perfect by any means… But are we the kind of studio that was described? Our employees have said repeatedly: it’s not true. Can we improve? Yes. Have we made mistakes in the past? Probably. But we had to do something about what was being said. We were so hurt by specific allegations that we know are wrong or false, that we had to defend ourselves. We wanted people to hear our voice.”
Besides the reassurance that Star Wars Eclipse development is moving forward once again, no other details about the game were given. This could mean we won’t be seeing the game for a long time and that not much was done since the game’s reveal trailer during The Game Awards back in 2021. Star Wars Eclipse is said to be an action-adventure game with a heavy focus on narrative, including multiple characters with a branching plot. The game’s story was shown to take place within The High Republic era of Star Wars canon, placing it hundreds of years before Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. No release date has been officially given for the game, but some people online have speculated that if development continues without issues, then we might be seeing Star Wars Eclipse anytime in 2024 or 2025. Hopefully, we’ll have a better idea of where the game stands when Quantic Dream is ready to reveal more about it in the months to come.
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