According to Kotaku’s Jason Schreier, EA has cancelled another Star Wars project, the game was being developed by EA Vancouver and Criterion and was a spin-off to the Battlefront series codenamed Viking. Reports suggest that EA executives were not satisfied with the development, and plans for release schedule were unrealistic.
This would be the third cancelled Star Wars project in a few years, back in January 2019, it was also reported that EA cancelled Project Orca, the plan was to develop an open-world Star Wars game, Orca was also being produced at EA Vancouver, last year it was suggested by insiders that the developer would be working on a much smaller scale game. Orca used the assets of yet another cancelled Star Wars game, Project Ragtag was being produced at Visceral Games with the direction of Amy Hennig.
“There’s been speculation overnight about one of our ‘Star Wars’ projects,” EA said. “As a natural part of the creative process, the great work by our team in Vancouver continues and will evolve into future ‘Star Wars’ content and games. We’re fully committed to making more ‘Star Wars’ games, we’re very excited about ‘Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’ from Respawn, and we’ll share more about our new projects when the time is right.”
The Walt Disney Company, which owns the “Star Wars” franchise, signed a multi-year, multi-title exclusive licensing agreement with EA in 2013. The publisher would focus on creating games for the core “Star Wars” audience, while Disney Interactive focused on titles for casual audiences on mobile, social, and online gaming platforms. Since then, the only games EA has produced are a pair of online shooters, “Star Wars Battlefront” and “Star Wars Battlefront II.”
All there is to the cancelled project is speculation, it’s impossible to say that the projects were too ambitious, EA Vancouver can’t finish a project, or if EA can’t handle the franchise.