If you’ve played a Quantic Dream video game before, Star Wars Eclipse will likely feel familiar — even though it’s set in a galaxy far, far away.
Recently, IGN Japan talked with Quantic Dream CEO Guillaume de Fondaumière about Eclipse, which was announced late in 2021 and is in the very early stages of development.
"“I think with each new title we try to innovate, we try to explore new ground. With Star Wars Eclipse we’re certainly going to keep the fundamental elements of a Quantic Dream game; very strong story, very strong characters, multiple playable characters, and of course, giving the players the possibility to change, through their actions and decisions, how the story unfolds.”"
Basically, if you like the typical gameplay of a title from this studio, you might find Eclipse just as entertaining. Not everyone — even players who have enjoyed certain elements of past Quantic Dream games — is excited about what’s to come, however.
Eclipse has been a controversial project in the Star Wars fandom since its original announcement mainly due to Lucasfilm Games’ partnership with Quantic Dream. The studio is infamous for its questionable treatment of marginalized characters, and in case that isn’t enough to make you skeptical, the way the company treats its real-life employees.
Women and members of the LGBTQ community are particularly upset about the studio’s involvement with a Star Wars game — so much so that many fans have asked community members to boycott Eclipse out of fear the game will unravel the progress stories of The High Republic have made in representing and celebrating certain groups of people who often don’t get to see themselves in Star Wars.
Fans’ valid concerns have not been properly addressed by Quantic Dream nor Lucasfilm Games.
The game is still years away from releasing, meaning a lot could change between now and its eventual publication date … if it makes it that far.
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