Quantic Dream’s upcoming action-adventure multiplayer title Star Wars: Eclipse is reportedly facing development troubles, just weeks after its initial reveal at The Game Awards 2021. Some of the main issues reportedly revolve around hiring difficulties surrounding recent allegations of sexual harassment at Quantic Dream. The studio is also allegedly struggling to implement the multiplayer aspect of the game, as the game’s engine is not designed for large numbers of players or NPCs.
The information comes from prominent industry insider Tom Henderson, who previously reported that Star Wars: Eclipse would not release for four more years “at minimum”. According to Henderson, Star Wars: Eclipse originally started as “Project Karma” which Sony rejected in favor of Detroit: Become Human. Quantic Dream later pitched a similar interplanetary adventure game to Lucasfilm using the same assets.
Lucasfilm and Disney eventually decided to take up Quantic Dream on the offer, but it apparently hasn’t gone so smoothly. Star Wars: Eclipse is reportedly already 18 months in development but currently has no playable version.
That isn’t exactly a death sentence, of course, but with recent allegations of sexual harassment and workplace abuse at the Paris-based studio, Quantic Dream is apparently struggling to find staff to work on the project. The allegations also threw a wrench into the studio’s plans of selling itself to prospective buyers — something that was supposed to provide Quantic Dream with the resources to further develop its internal engine.[Source: ResetEra, Tom Henderson]
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