Star Wars: Eclipse is an upcoming game being developed by Quantic Dream, but its still in very early development.
Confirmed at The Game Awards 2021, there’s still a lot we have to learn about it, including its release date. However, we do know that it’s set in the aesthetically pleasing High Republic era of the overarching Star Wars saga. We also have an impressive CGI trailer and a few key details to work with.
Star Wars: Eclipse sounds like it'll differ from Quantic Dream's previous works, who previously brought us Heavy Rain and Detroit: Become Human. The studio is known for primarily narrative-driven experiences, and while that'll still be the case with Star Wars: Eclipse, the developer is injecting a heavier emphasis on action this time.
Star Wars: Eclipse is noted, as per a Quantic Dream press release, to be the team's "most ambitious project to date". So, while details are scarce at present, below we've rounded up everything we know so far about the new Star Wars game.
Star Wars: Eclipse: cut to the chase
- What is it? A narrative-driven action-adventure set in the Star Wars universe
- When can I play it? TBC, but likely not for a while
- What can I play it on? TBC
Star Wars: Eclipse release date and platforms
Unfortunately, Quantic Dream seems a little too early in the development of Star Wars: Eclipse to provide a solid release date. If development is still in its primary stages, we reckon we're probably not going to see Star Wars: Eclipse on store shelves for a long while.
If we had to speculate, we'd have to say Star Wars: Eclipse will launch in 2024, though that, admittedly, could be an ambitious prediction. It's worth noting that the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake will likely release in 2023, too, so there's plenty of AAA Star Wars goodness to look forward to in a few years' time.
Shortly after the game’s announcement, industry insider Tom Henderson, tweeted to say (opens in new tab) that he expects the game is, at minimum, around 3 to 4 years away. In March 2022, however, he went on to report (opens in new tab) that an internal delay might have taken place and that we could be looking at a 2027 - 2028 release window.
Speaking to GamesRadar (opens in new tab) about delay rumors, Quantic Dream said, "Star Wars Eclipse has not been delayed because Quantic Dream never announced or promised a launch window for the title." Without a publicly announced release window or date given by Quantic Dream, it's difficult to know if Star Wars Eclipse has been delayed internally, or when we'll get our hands on it. A few years seems like a safe bet.
Platforms haven't been confirmed yet, either, but we expect Star Wars: Eclipse to land on PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PC at the very least. Given how far off this is, there's practically no chance it'll come to last-gen consoles like PS4 and Xbox One.
Star Wars: Eclipse trailers
The Game Awards 2021 CGI trailer
After rumors of its existence, Quantic Dream finally broke its silence on its Star Wars game with an impressive CGI trailer debuting at The Game Awards 2021. While we still can't speak of the game Star Wars: Eclipse will eventually shape up to be, it looks like we'll be meeting and (playing as) a varied roster of characters.
Recognizable Star Wars characters like Yoda are also briefly seen in the trailer, so some crossover with the central timeline of the films seems likely.
Star Wars: Eclipse story and setting
Star Wars: Eclipse is to be the first game "set in an uncharted region of the Outer Rim during The High Republic era, known as the golden age of the Jedi," Quantic Dream's press release notes. The High Republic era takes place hundreds of years before the Skywalker saga, when the Galactic Republic was said to be at its height.
We currently don't know how exactly Quantic Dream plans to explore this lesser-known aspect of the Star Wars universe. But we do know that we'll be taking control of multiple characters over the course of the story, as is usually the case with Quantic Dream's games.
Given the developer, expect an assortment of branching paths to play out based on your choices in the narrative. That will likely shift the story dramatically, including whatever the eventual ending will look like.
Star Wars: Eclipse news and rumors
Read on to learn of all the latest news and rumors concerning the development of Star Wars: Eclipse. Official news is thin on the ground at present, but we'll endeavor to keep this section updated as we learn more about Quantic Dream's ambitious project.
Disney reportedly wants biannual Star Wars games
You probably won't be surprised to hear that, according to a new report from Insider Gaming (opens in new tab), Disney are looking to release two Star Wars games a year. According to this source, the company is after one "triple-A Star Wars title" each year and a smaller one in between. Right now, Eclipse included, there's about eight announced projects.
Eclipse retains the fundamentals of previous Quantic Dream games
Quantic Dream CEO Guillaume de Fondaumière has stated that Star Wars Eclipse won't feel too dissimilar to its previous games. Talking in a recent interview with IGN Japan, he confirmed:
“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.”
Elaborating further, De Fondaumière also stated:
"Where the formula is changing, we said very clearly we are doing an action-adventure, so the action elements are also going to be very important. This is something we’ll be able to speak about in the future, but keep in mind, it’s an action-adventure.
When we had the opportunity to work on Star Wars we said yes immediately because we were drawn to it. But we will continue to do what we do best, which is passionately work, craft our game with a lot of attention to detail, and with Star Wars Eclipse, we want to bring a whole new original story to the Star Wars universe… We really wanted to do a Star Wars game, that particular franchise with whom we grew, we discovered, and were in awe of as children.”
Developers debunk delay rumors
Quantic Dream, the studio behind Star Wars: Eclipse, has recently debunked reports of a delay on the game.
In March 2022, Xfire’s (opens in new tab) Tom Henderson published a report claiming that the game, which he initially estimated to be 3 to 4 years away, could be looking at a 2027 - 2028 release window after an internal delay. Henderson said in the report that the studio is struggling to attract developer talent to help create the game, pointing to repeated job postings.
In a press release published in the same month (via VGC (opens in new tab)), however, Quantic Dream stated that it’s “serenely carrying on the distinct development of its three in-house productions. Now that the pre-production and prototyping phases have been achieved, 2022 will mark a new progression milestone in the production phases of these three unique titles.”
In a further statement to GamesRadar (opens in new tab), seemingly in response to the rumors, a spokesperson for the studio said, "Star Wars Eclipse has not been delayed because Quantic Dream never announced or promised a launch window for the title." They went on to add that “Recruiting remains active as it works on Star Wars Eclipse, third-party publishing, and unannounced projects."
We first learned of Star Wars: Eclipse's potential existence in September, 2021, where reports leaked that Quantic Dream had begun developing a Star Wars project.
Later, in November, Venturebeat's Jeff Grubb claimed that the project was indeed real, and was to be set in the High Republic era (opens in new tab) of the Star Wars universe. Both leaks ended up being right on the money, as Star Wars: Eclipse's trailer and press release confirm these details.
Star Wars: Eclipse: what we want to see
This isn't so much of a Star Wars problem as it is a Quantic Dream problem. If we're being brutally honest, while the developer's games are usually a chaotically fun ride, they certainly leave a lot to be desired in terms of deep, sincere storytelling.
Quantic Dream's narratives are often quite ham-fisted in their execution, and often leave themselves wide open for ripe meme potential. After all, who could ever forget Ethan Mars' legendary "Jason!" (opens in new tab) yell from Heavy Rain?
We're not saying Quantic Dream is incapable of quality narratives. It absolutely isn't. But judging from the Star Wars: Eclipse trailer, we're in for a much more brooding, potentially darker story than what we're used to from the franchise. Hopefully, in tandem with Lucasfilm Games, the developer can deliver a story worth remembering.
It's fair to say that action games aren't really Quantic Dream's forte, but we're more than happy to see the developer branch out to other gameplay styles. Traditionally, most action-oriented segments in Quantic Dream's previous games are dictated by quick-time events and other scripted sequences.
We're not necessarily asking for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order levels of quality here. But we'd like to see at least a decently competent suite of combat scenarios, abilities and potentially learnable skills and upgrades.
Quantic Dream's run of Sony exclusivity is at an end as per the release of Detroit: Become Human, so we'd love to see Star Wars: Eclipse release on more systems than just the PS5. If the developer wishes to go for graphical fidelity, as it usually does, then PC is a must, but for the sake of the game reaching as many fans as possible, we hope an Xbox Series S/X release is also being considered.