Amy Hennig – one key developer of Uncharted until its 4th main instalment; she worked later at Electronic Arts with Visceral Games on the Ragtag codenamed, single-player Star Wars title – talked more about the never finished game after the reveal of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
Hennig talked with Eurogamer in detail about Ragtag, which was since taken over by EA Vancouver to rework it into a multiplayer-based game with live services. (But it might have been scrapped altogether, there were rumours about it.) „I had to take what I’d figured out [for Uncharted] in terms of deconstructing pulp adventure, and say alright, Star Wars is also in that category, but it has certain things that are distinct, or at least distinct from our core inspiration which was, of course, Indiana Jones. Obviously, it’s disappointing not to be able to share the game we were developing because I think it was really cool and pretty compelling.
Star Wars, not only do we cut between villains but we also cut between multiple protagonists, so you still go OK, Luke is the hero of the story, but when you look at Han and Leia they’re co-protagonists. And then you look at Rogue One, the animated show Rebels, those are ensemble stories. That’s the Star Wars DNA, right?
But we were going to need playable characters in parallel sequences because that’s how Star Wars works. You only accomplish your goals by working together or working in parallel or both. We would always point to the Death Star escape as the prime example of that.”
Hennig also responded to this tweet by Electronic Arts‘ Star Wars Twitter account („No microtransactions. No loot boxes. And no, we won’t be adding them. A single-player Star Wars story for those of you who are ready to become a Jedi.”): „[It’s] odd! I have to be candid with you. I mean, it’s coming from the EA Star Wars Twitter handle, so it’s certainly part of the plan, but I don’t know whether it’s implicitly referencing previous comments they made after our project was killed? Respawn’s game has the benefit of being largely developed before they were acquired.”
Hennig thinks that the tweet could have shown up due to the changing management in Electronic Arts, and she added that while Ragtag could have felt a bit like Uncharted, it would have been different, though. What a shame that Electronic Arts closed Visceral Games.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will launch on November 15 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.