The previously rumoured Star Wars project from controversial game studio Quantic Dream has been revealed. Created in collaboration with Lucasfilm Games, Star Wars Eclipse will first game set in the High Republic era of Star Wars.
The CG trailer revealed at The Game Awards 2021 showed off a variety of locations, starfighter battles, lightsaber duels, tribal drumming, and a figure covered in a black oily substance.
The trailer description reads: ‘Set during the High Republic era, Star Wars Eclipse is an intricately branching action-adventure game that can be experienced in many ways, and puts the destinies of multiple playable characters in your hands, created in collaboration between Quantic Dream and Lucasfilm Games.’
Additional details on the Star Wars Eclipse website reveal that the game will feature an ‘ensemble cast of multiple, charismatic playable characters, each with their own morality, personality, motivations, and impact upon each other and the story at large.’
The game will also take place on an uncharted section of the Star Wars galaxy known as the Outer Rim, which is ‘rife with opportunity and political tensions that could alter the fabric of peace.’ It will also lean heavily on the signature Quantic Dream design of branching choices and consequences in its narrative.
The studio itself, however, is still recovering from damaging accusations levied at it in 2018, where three French news outlets reported on the company’s allegedly toxic corporate culture, including sexism and racism. In the years since, Quantic Dream has been taking on the newspapers in various lawsuits, to varying degrees of success.