Have you felt a great disturbance in the Force? As if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced? Because something terrible has happened. Terrible, but maybe not exactly unexpected – the fan project Star Wars: Galaxy in Turmoil has been cancelled after
the Galactic Empire EA issued a cease-and-desist-Rebel-scum notice to developer Frontwire Studios, three weeks after they’d secured a distribution deal with Steam.
“LucasFilm informed me that although they would of [sic] been open to the idea of negotiating a license for Frontwire to work on the Star Wars IP, that they are not able to due to their contract with Electronic Arts (EA). I was told that Lucasfilm had already spoken with EA about Galaxy in Turmoil and that EA expressed no desire in letting our project continue,” Frontwire boss Tony Romanelli explained in an update on the company’s website.
“Their main concern was due to the possibility of Galaxy in Turmoil taking away attention from their Battlefront franchise. I tried to pitch the idea about putting Galaxy in Turmoil behind EA’s paywall but was told that EA had previously rejected that proposition as well. Due to their exclusive contract with EA, Lucasfilm was contractually obligated to deny our request for the use of the Star Wars IP for Galaxy in Turmoil based on EA’s decision. We tried to reach out to EA directly for more information, but we have so far gotten no response.”
Frontwire’s plan now is to remove all the potentially litigious Star Wars stuff from Galaxy in Turmoil, and relaunch it as “a new, original game in a never before seen universe” instead.
“We will also still be releasing Galaxy in Turmoil on Steam as planned and it will remain a free game,” Romanelli added. “No, we will not be adding any micro transactions or pay-to-win content. When Frontwire Studios makes a promise, we keep it. With that being said, we will still create the game you have all wanted and deserved, even if it turns out to not be Star Wars-related.”
Maybe they could call it The Galaxy Strikes Back.