Star Wars Eclipse is an upcoming action-adventure game set in the new High Republic era of the galaxy far, far away. From early story and gameplay bits to development updates, here’s everything we know about the game so far.
Quantic Dream’s upcoming Star Wars title takes players back in time to an era before the Prequel Trilogy and the Clone Wars, in an era known as The High Republic.
This is sort of a Golden Age for both the Jedi Order and the Republic as a whole, but that doesn’t mean every part of the galaxy is safe. In fact, the parts of the galaxy not under the Republic’s protection are as war-torn as ever.
The French studio is known for creating gripping, narrative games that give players a great say in the outcome of the story. Star Wars Eclipse appears to be a continuation of this ideology and fans of the brand will have a chance to master the story.
Star Wars Eclipse Story Details
Set in a part of the galaxy known as the Outer Rim, Eclipse lets players jump between characters in a sprawling, multi-perspective story mode where every choice a player makes changes the world around them.
In their blog post about the game, Quantic warned players that things can get ugly if they’re not careful about their actions: “Any decision you make can have dramatic consequences on your journey. The way of life in the Outer Rim is under threat and you must determine your path.”
The reveal trailer combines a bit of the familiar with more than a few new and unique pieces.
From Master Yoda meditating in a Jedi temple to the strange aliens performing some ritual, the game has plenty in store for longtime fans and newcomers alike.
There is also a strong sense of conflict between the Trade Federation – the shipping conglomerate responsible for the blockade of Naboo in The Phantom Menace – and a mysterious organization that appears to be marching with an army of its own.
It’s not clear how this fight will unfold, but it seems to be central to the bigger story and the players’ own journey.
Star Wars Eclipse has only just been announced, so there’s no definite release date yet. The official website states that the game is “in early development”, so it will probably be a while before we have a solid window.
Serious development issues for Star Wars Eclipse?
— PlayStation LifeStyle (@PSLifeStyle) December 27, 2021
On December 27, 2021, PlayStation Lifestyle reported that Star Wars Eclipse developers Quantum Dream were “struggling” with the game’s development, which could push the release date even further.
The reasons for these issues, according to the report, are a lack of staff and issues with the game engine currently in use. Apparently the engine can’t support the number of NPCs and players, meaning the game is in development for 18 months as of the report, with no playable version.
These potential issues appear to have been confirmed by noted industry insider Tom Henderson, who claimed that development is struggling more than first thought.
In an exclusive piece for xfire, Henderson said: “Sources close to Quantic Dream have told me that while the trailer was released to extremely favorable reception from the wider gaming community – and it certainly looks stunning – it didn’t have the desired effect of attracting from developer talent to the studio.”
He continued, “As a result, Star Wars Eclipse is likely to be released around 2027-2028.” This is a huge window of time, so we shouldn’t expect thick information about Star Was Eclipse for a while.
That’s all for Star Wars Eclipse for now!
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