- Untitled Visceral Star Wars Game: 2018
- Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
- Price: $59.99 / £44.99
We’ve known about developer Visceral Games’ upcoming Star Wars project for over three years now. Save for a tantalizing concept trailer shown at E3 2016, this collaboration from the minds behind Assassin’s Creed, Dead Space and Uncharted is still as mysterious as the sudden appearance and disappearance of midichlorians from the Star Wars Sage.
We know that it’s a third-person action game, but it will not be like creative lead Amy Hennig’s famous Uncharted games. We also know from the concept trailer that the main character will be visiting the Mos Eisley cantina from a New Hope and that the game appears to take place during the reign of Palpatine’s Empire and not contemporaneously with The Force Awakens.
It might be open-world
Open-world gameplay in the Star Wars universe carries huge potential. It could mean that we have free rein on a single planet, like what the cancelled Star Wars 1313 was going to feature, or we could be talking about an entire galaxy to explore. We’d much prefer the latter. This is Star Wars after all, and it doesn’t get any more Star Wars than space flight and escaping Star Destroyers with a jump to lightspeed.
The rumor that the game takes place in a open-world environment comes from EA job postings all the way back in 2013 seeking applicants with a passion for the Star Wars franchise to work on a open-world game. Because we’re extrapolating gameplay features from job postings, you should take the purported open-world setting with a grain of salt but given EA’s propensity for making single-player games in open worlds a la Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, it’s not unlikely.
It could be a Han Solo game, but it may also star new characters from the comic
Rumors of the game being centered on Han Solo all come from hints we’ve been getting from the developers’ social media postings. Images of the Millennium Falcon, Han Solo action figures, and cryptic tweets mentioning scoundrels have hit the internet. On top of that, there have been photos of a pirate flag featuring a stormtrooper helmet and crossbones, as pictured above.
There’s also the fact that DIsney and Lucasfilm are making Han Solo a pillar of its reborn Star Wars film franchise. The Han Solo movie is due out in 2018, the same year as Visceral’s game, and it’s already been billed as an origin story wherein he meets Chewbacca for the first time. Given that the E3 footage shows the Mos Eisley cantina, a known hang out of Solo, the game may at least involve an appearance of everyone’s favorite smuggler.
It may also star one character Han Solo’s run into in Marvel’s new Star Wars comics, the hilarious and thoroughly evil Doctor Aphra. Like a young, female Indiana Jones obsessed with acquiring dangerous technological artifacts rather than preserving them, Aphra first appeared as a hired ally of Darth Vader. In the brief E3 footage of Visceral’s game, a silhouette that looks startlingly like Aphra can be seen. Marvel, Disney, and Lucasfilm have also announced a new ongoing Doctor Aphra comic.
It probably won’t be a game tie-in to the Han Solo anthology movie
That said it won’t necessarily be directly tied to the Han Solo movie, EA has stated that the future Star Wars games would be totally separate tales from the stories being told in the movies, comics, and books. So, don’t expect the game to run through the upcoming movie scene-by-scene.
Amy Hennig, Jade Raymond, and Todd Stashwick are leading the project
If none of those esteemed names sound familiar to you, let’s break them down. Amy Hennig is the former lead writer of the Uncharted series, so you can thank her for your love of characters like Nathan Drake and Sully. Jade Raymond played a crucial role as the Executive Producer on the Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell series. Finally, Todd Stashwick is better known in the TV industry, having worked on the Batman prequel series Gotham, but has since transitioned to gaming and will be lending his writing chops to Visceral’s Star Wars game. All have been responsible for some impressive projects, and it’ll be interesting to see what they can do with the Star Wars license. Now all we have to do is wait for an official announcement and we’re betting we’ll get a peek at E3 2016.
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