Star Wars Eclipse was announced by narrative adventure studio Quantic Dream way back in 2021, but the title has been met with silence ever since. Despite many fans thinking the game is dead, developer Quantic Dreams claims it's still being made and is hyping up how there are no ‘game overs.’
Lisa Pendse, Vice President of Marketing for Quantic Dream, spoke with IGN during the 2023 Tokyo Game Show and confirmed that Star Wars Eclipse is alive and well. Pendse went on to talk about how different Eclipse is from other Quantic Dreams while maintaining the company’s focus on cinematic stories.
"There's no game over. Anyone can die, anything can happen and the story sort of continues so that those signatures are still there. But what we've been doing is even more ramping up our expertise in the gameplay arena,” Pendse said.
Bringing up the lack of game-overs is interesting, especially since Star Wars Eclipse will be an action-adventure title. Granted, that moniker can be used for any video game, but the phrasing does imply that this won’t just be a narrative adventure like other Quantic Dreams games.
For those unfamiliar with Quantic Dreams, the company essentially makes dialogue-driven story games where gameplay takes a backseat. Titles like Heavy Rain or Detroit: Become Human rely more on dialogue-driven choices and quick time events to further the story. Going the action-adventure route implies that Eclipse won’t just rely on dialogue choices to further the story.
Despite some promise, reports have stated that we wouldn’t be seeing Star Wars Eclipse come out until at least 2027. Apparently, the trailer shown off in 2021 was made without much development on the actual gameplay, which is a shame because it looked beautiful. Due to the company’s mixed reputation, fans are bracing themselves for Eclipse’s critical reception.
Quantic Dreams was purchased by NetEase, with the company using the purchase as an out for improved behavior. After accusations of homophobia and abuse by employees of the company, the purchase is being framed as new management rooting out the problem. Only time will tell if this is actually true.
Star Wars Eclipse currently has no release date and no systems were announced for it, though current-gen consoles seem likely.