EA is at it again. The multiple winner of the Worst Company in America award is making a brand new, open world “Star Wars” game, and the response from the internet is one tremendous “meh”.
This mysterious new game hasn’t been officially announced just yet, but Gamespot has uncovered a job posting from the company, looking for someone who will “Lead a team to deliver Online features for a ‘Star Wars’ Open World project”.
While details are scarce, the job posting does specifically require someone who has “experience implementing Online features such as Matchmaking, Asynchronous interactions, Live services, Server-host migration, etc” – in other words, someone who’s worked on either an MMO, or a Games as Service title like “Destiny”, “Overwatch”, or “Grand Theft Auto Online”.
This reveal isn’t in any way surprising. Last year, EA axed an in-development single-player “Star Wars” game from one of their subsidiaries, Visceral, before entirely shutting down the entire studio behind the game.
While no details were given as to why the game was canned, rumor has it that EA wanted to focus instead on a Game as Service title, that can be better exploited with loot boxes, microtransactions, and ongoing DLC.
Considering the enormous furor that exploded surrounding “Star Wars: Battlefront II” last year, fans can be forgiven for simply not caring. “Star Wars” games of the modern era are essentially slot machines aimed at children, and if EA is going to make another of these, it’s simply business as usual for the most hated company in gaming.
If anything, this news is somewhat disappointing – it means that Disney, the owners of the “Star Wars” brand, haven’t taken back the gaming license from EA following the PR disaster that was last year’s loot box scandal.
We’re going to be subjected to a bunch more pointless cash grabs in the name of “Star Wars”, it seems, and any single-player games set in this universe in the new future will all be designed to force players to grind endlessly for the best loot, or reach into their pockets and pony up extra cash to skip ahead.
The whole “Star Wars” video game issue just feels exhausting by this point. This new game isn’t really worth getting excited about, as EA still has yet to prove that any of these games are actually built for any purpose other than to fleece children out of their allowances.
Apparently, nobody at the company realizes that the Evil Galactic Empire in “Star Wars” are supposed to be the villains, not role models.