Rumor Update: Star Wars Cancellation Was for Smaller Game

Kotaku has an update to their still unconfirmed report that EA has cancelled the open-world Star Wars game that was in the works at EA Vancouver. Speaking with more anonymous "people familiar" with the project, they have details on the game, which was code-named Orca, and word that this was shelved in favor of a smaller project that will be released sooner than Orca would have been. They speculate this will come late next year, connecting it to the theory that this is when the next generation of consoles will arrive:
This project, which was code-named Orca, was very early in development but would involve playing as a scoundrel or bounty hunter who could explore various open-world planets and work with different factions across the Star Wars universe.

When EA’s top decision-makers looked at their road map for the next few years, they decided that they needed something earlier than the planned release date for Orca, according to two people familiar with what happened. So they cancelled Orca in favor of a smaller-scale Star Wars project that’s now aimed for much sooner—likely, late 2020, which also happens to be around the time that I’ve heard next-gen consoles will launch. (Might be a bit earlier; might be a bit later. From what I’ve heard, next-gen plans are definitely still in flux.)
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Everything about that screams, 'corporate douche wanted a quick money train'
Nobody could pull it off, so we canceled it all ...


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