Screenwriter Gary Whitta has worked extensively in video games, writing the scripts for triple-A games like Prey and the Gears of War series. He has also spent plenty of time in the world of Star Wars, serving as the screenwriter for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Now, in light of the news that EA has canceled its open-world Star Wars game, Whitta is openly calling out the developer for its handling of the Star Wars license.
As reported by Forbes, Whitta told Kinda Funny Games Daily that "If I was an EA shareholder, I’d be fucking furious... [The Star Wars license] has been catastrophically mismanaged." EA bought the rights to produce games based on the Star Wars universe in 2013, but has so far only released two first-person shooters: Battlefront and Battlefront 2.
The newly canceled Star Wars game had gone through a number of revisions before it was officially axed. Originally envisioned as a straightforward action-adventure game, the title was being directed by Uncharted veteran Amy Hennig. The game then morphed into an open-world adventure before the plug was finally pulled last week.
“I saw a bunch of that game and it looked terrific,” Whitta said about the original version of the game. “After it was cancelled I saw some stuff, I saw what they had up that point, it was far from finished but it looked amazing, it would have been Star Wars Uncharted which I’m very excited about. My understanding is what [EA] was saying all the way through is that we don’t want to make Star Wars Uncharted. Well, maybe don’t hire the narrative director of the Uncharted games to make it for you, and figure out what it is you actually want?”
The only other confirmed Star Wars game to be in development is Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, which is slated to be released in Q4 of 2019. However, no information beyond the title and a brief log line has been revealed regarding the game.