Upcoming Star Wars Game Has No Game Over, ‘Anyone Can Die’

Since Star Wars Eclipse was first revealed two years ago, we’ve seen and heard little about the next game from Quantic Dream, the developer behind Heavy Rain and Detroit: Become Human. However, the devs behind the game have revealed that as in the studio’s previous adventures, Eclipse’s storyline will continue no matter which characters die, a quality which hasn’t been seen in any other Star Wars game to date.

We first confirmed Star Wars Eclipse was in development in September 2021, before its official reveal at The Game Awards that December. Eclipse is set in the franchise’s High Republic era, a time hundreds of years before Anakin Skywalker and Han Solo. It’s a golden age for the Jedi and the republic it defends, and a vastly different time than the period covered in the films and TV shows.

And unlike past Quantic Dream games—which were narrative driven, QTE-filled adventure affairs—Star Wars Eclipse is set to be an action game. Even so, the studio confirmed that the DNA of its more contemplative back catalog will remain evident in Eclipse, too.

No matter what happens, this Star Wars story moves forward

Lisa Pendse, vice president of marketing for Quantic Dream, told IGN during a recent interview at the Tokyo Game Show that while the studio wants people to know this is an action-adventure game, it will still have “all of the elements that you would come to expect and want from a Quantic Dream title,” including “intricately branching narratives” and the ability to play as different characters. Another key element is that no matter how badly you screw up or who dies, the game’s story will keep on chugging.

“There’s no game over,” said Pendse. “Anyone can die, anything can happen and the story sort of continues so that those signatures are still there.”

As mentioned, this has been the case in past games from the studio. For example, in Beyond: Two Souls, there were parts of the game where you had to escape the police, like while onboard a train. If you screwed that up, you would get caught and the story would change as you had to escape from a different scenario featuring different characters.

IGN / Lucasfilm / Quantic Dream

What’s interesting to me, as a Star Wars nerd, is that this amount of freedom isn’t something we commonly see in Star Wars games. Sure some have had alternate endings, but outside of the Knights of the Old Republic RPGs, most Star Wars games don’t let you screw things up too much. I’ll be curious to see how the Star Wars community handles this level of freedom in places like Wookieepedia. The perpetual fan question of “What is canon?” will be trickier to answer in a game like Eclipse, and I find that exciting.

Meanwhile, in other Quantic Dream news, the studio has spent the last few years battling some of the former employees involved in a series of 2018 reports accusing the studio of being a terrible place to work.

The report also detailed sexist and racist jokes, and lots of extended crunch. Quantic Dream denied the reports and later sued the publications reporting on the accusations and some former employees in a series of court battles, some of which have ended conclusively.


Sony Hides Trailer For Troubled Star Wars: KOTOR PS5 Remake

A Sith Lord holds up a red light saber.

Image: Aspyr Media / Embracer Group

A teaser for a Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake coming to PlayStation 5 nearly stole the show at Sony’s September 2021 showcase. But reports surfaced last year that the project was already in trouble. Now Star Wars fans have noticed that Sony recently deleted tweets about the game and has hidden the trailer from its official YouTube channel.

Word that the teaser trailer had been removed from PlayStation’s channel first began to spread on September 28 on the Gaming Leaks and Rumors subreddit. Twitter user Crusader3456 later shared a thread showing that Sony’s tweets about the teaser from the original 2021 PlayStation Showcase had also been deleted. The only official mention left appears to be a single tweet promoting multiple games from the livestream.

A screenshot shows a trailer set to private on the PlayStation Blog.

Screenshot: Sony / Kotaku

It’s possible the highly anticipated KOTOR remake is still alive and this is just some weirdness on the part of Sony’s social media department. It also might be the case that the project, which debuted as a PS5 exclusive, has all but been canceled amid ongoing development issues and massive budget cuts at parent publisher Embracer. Sony and Embracer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Bloomberg reported in July 2022 that the developers has spent a significant amount of time and resources on a proof-of-concept demo that failed to past muster at a review meeting. Several senior leads were let go from the project, and the following month development on the KOTOR remake shifted to Saber Interactive in Europe (Aspyr is based in Texas).

Fast-forward a year, and parent company Embracer is instituting cuts across its sprawling portfolio, including canceling games and shutting down entire studios like Volition, after reportedly losing out on a $2 billion investment from Saudi Arabia. Aspyr also announced in June that it would bail on shipping a promised DLC pack for its Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2 remaster on Switch. A fan is now suing.

A successful remake of KOTOR would be a lynchpin project for any publisher, especially as new Star Wars shows flood Disney+ every year. It would also be an incredibly ambitious and challenging endeavor for even the best studio. It’s not yet clear if Embracer has given up hope on the project. Fans certainly still haven’t.

Update 9/29/2023 11:54 a.m. ET: A spokesperson for Sony said the KOTOR remake trailer was delisted over licensing issues. “As part of normal business, we delist assets with licensed music when the licenses expire,” they told Kotaku in an email. The only music in the trailer seems to be the main Star Wars theme which is owned by Disney.

Twitch Star Hasan Piker Raised A Bunch Of Money For Palestine

Twitch streamer Hasan “Hasanabi” Piker often gets hate from detractors who claim that there’s an inherent hypocrisy between his own accumulation of wealth and his constant advocacy for workers and disenfranchised communities, despite the fact that he routinely walks the walk in addition to talking the talk. Now, the Twitch star and his community have raised over $840,000 to aid Palestinian children and refugees affected by Israel’s airstrikes and military assaults on Gaza, with Piker himself kicking at least $75,000 into the total.

As ABC News reports, Israeli officials state that more than 1,400 people have been killed in Israel and more than 3,400 have been injured in the days following a surprise attack by Hamas on October 7. Meanwhile, according to BBC, health officials report that Israel’s retaliation, which has included air raids that have reduced much of Gaza to rubble, has killed around 3,000 Palestinian people. The Israeli government also cut off electricity and most water in the region, and hospitals are overflowing with thousands of displaced Palestinians in dire need of medical aid.

Although Twitch is primarily a place for folks to watch their favorite streamer play a video game for hours on end, Piker is using his platform as the seventh most-watched streamer on Twitch to share his perspective on the conflict and to raise funds to help Palestinians suffering as a result of it.

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On October 14, Piker announced that he’d set up a fundraising campaign to support The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund, American Near East Refugee Aid, Medical Aid for Palestinians, and the Palestinian Red Crescent Society. Just 40 minutes into Hasan’s stream, which typically runs for eight hours, Hasan and his community had already raised $180,000 through his Tiltify Impact Fund. By October 16, Hasan’s community had raised more than $700,000 for Palestinian communities. And because Hasan has periodically matched his viewers’ contributions, that total reflects $75,000 of Piker’s own money.

“We closed out the day at $488K,” Hasan wrote on his official Twitter account after October 14’s stream. “I am so proud of this community!” The campaign continues on Hasan’s Twitch channel, and as of this writing, over $845,000 has been raised.