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EA reportedly cancelled Star Wars Battlefront game in 2019

Published: 08:40, 22 February 2020
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The game codenamed Viking was originally planned to release sometime in 2020 along with the next-generation consoles but EA decided to axe the title since the release date was unrealistic.

According to Kotaku's Jason Schreier, EA cancelled a spinoff game of their popular Star Wars Battlefront series last spring. In the report, Schreier claims that several sources inside of EA, all of whom spoke anonymously, have confirmed the information to be true.

Apparently, the game was developed by EA Vancouver and the company also planned to bring in Criterion to help with the development. The game was codenamed Viking and it was designed as a spinoff of Battlefront series with open-world elements.

EA Vancouver started designing some prototypes and ideas for the game and were joined by Criterion soon after that. Schreier reports that problems started immediately after the second studio joined the development. 

"Although Criterion was, on paper, the lead studio, the logistical challenges of cross-country game development made that a difficult proposition. As one person involved with the game said, "too many cooks" was a running theme. Criterion leads had an ambitious vision for the game, aiming to put a strong focus on story and characters."

Sadly, EA soon realised that the game will not be able to hit its planned release date, which was set for Autumn 2020, to match the launch of the next-generation consoles PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

Viking was cancelled in the first half of 2019 and Criterion will now work on Need for Speed series while EA Vancouver is supporting other EA studios on Anthem 2.0 and Apex Legends.

The report also claims that EA have two new Star Wars games in development, one of them is a sequel to Jedi Fallen Order and another, a much smaller project at EA Motive.

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