Quantic Dream is hard at work on Star Wars Eclipse, a new adventure game set in the High Republic era of Star Wars – a golden age of the Jedi hundreds of years before Anakin Skywalker was born. While a lavish trailer paints an exciting picture of the game’s setting, details are still scarce.
During a recent interview with G-Star in South Korea, director, screenwriter, and Quantic Dream founder David Cage told IGN Japan that Star Wars Eclipse is “our studio’s most ambitious project.” Although he didn’t go into the details of the game, he gave us some new information on what we can expect.
Among other things, Cage reiterates that Star Wars Eclipse will be markedly different from Detroit: Become Human, released for PlayStation 4 in 2018 and PC the following year. In particular, Detroit: Become Human was more “anticipation” than science fiction, imagining a near future in which androids would become sentient.
“We spent a lot of time trying to imagine our world in 10, 15, 20 years – what would technology look like? Do we believe that androids would be part of our societies?” explains Cage. “I think Star Wars is a very different setting – it’s far, far away, as you know. So it’s something different.”
Cage says Quantic Dream learned a lot from Detroit: Become Human, calling it “the studio’s most accomplished game overall” and “the best implementation we can make of the vision we had 25 years ago. years on how to tell a story where the player is the hero.” But that doesn’t mean Quantic Dream will take over everything for Star Wars Eclipse.
“Star Wars will not be a Detroit skin. The two games will be very different, very different, although of course we will also use what we have learned. But it will not be a copycat in any way; it will be a very different experience Cage says.
First announced in 2021, Star Wars: Eclipse has remained largely a mystery since its first shocking reveal. Earlier this year, Quantic Dream quashed rumors that it had been delayed and was suffering development issues, noting that it had yet to announce a release date. In a later interview, Quantic Dream CEO Guillaume de Fondaumière said that Eclipse would retain the fundamentals of Quantic Dream despite being an action-adventure game at heart.
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Quantic Dream, for its part, has been making headlines since 2018 due to toxic workplace allegations — allegations that Cage has strongly denied. In August, NetEase announced it was acquiring Quantic Dream, and the studio has since revealed Parallel Studio’s Under The Waves in a bid to expand its publishing label.
Cage says NetEase alleviates the “struggle for resources” that many studios face, and that the publisher provides access to “tons of technology” that Quantic Dream cares about, including machine learning and advanced AI.
Quantic Dream joins a number of Japanese studios under the NetEase umbrella, including Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi’s new studio. Speaking about what it’s like to work with these new students, Cage describes the feelings of “mutual respect” and cultural ties between France and Japan.
“I think in Japan, too, there’s this very strong interest in storytelling in games. And Detroit has been a big hit in Japan, with a lot of fan support and very high sales numbers for a game not Japanese. So we’re really, really proud of that,” Cage said.
Speaking of the ongoing work on Star Wars: Eclipse, Cage says the original opportunity came “very, very quickly” and the studio didn’t have a specific story in mind ahead of time. Cage himself is a fan of the franchise, being around 10 years old when the original movie was released.
“They became part of our culture and part of our consciousness in one way or another, and the creative ideas that we had were also inspired by this film, as well as others,” said Cage. “And when we had the opportunity to potentially contribute to such a monument of pop culture, it’s like a dream come true. So we didn’t hesitate for a second, and we went for it. It’s just a very exciting project. And it’s our studio’s most ambitious project, for sure.”
In the meantime, Quantic Dream continues to keep specific details about the project under wraps, saying “there’s a timeline” and that the studio is waiting for the right time to announce something new.
“It’s the first time we’ve worked on a franchise, but we approach it with the same passion as if it were our own franchise – there’s no difference for us. Same passion, same creative ambition, same everything,” Cage says. .
Star Wars: Eclipse hasn’t revealed a release date or platforms, and isn’t expected to release until 2024 at the earliest. While you wait, check out all the other upcoming Star Wars games currently in development.
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