Star Wars Eclipse: Everything we know so far about the new Quantic Dream game

Star Wars: Eclipse screenshots
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Star Wars Eclipse is coming from developer Quantic Dream. We never expected the studio, best known for creating narrative-adventure classics like Detroit: Become Human and Heavy Rain, to be behind one of the most anticipated upcoming Star Wars games but the video game industry has a way of surprising us. 

Star Wars Eclipse is said to explore the High Republic era of the Star Wars timeline, although it is unlikely to be one of the new games for 2023. Eclipse is in early stages of development, with Quantic Dream going so far as to open a new studio to assist with production of this new action-adventure game. It all sounds very impressive and looks very exciting, so do yourself a favor and keep reading to find everything you need to know about Star Wars: Eclipse.

Star Wars Eclipse release date

Star Wars: Eclipse screenshots

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While described as in "early development" at the Game Awards, reports emerged towards the end of 2021 that suggested Star Wars Eclipse is apparently at least three to four years away from launch. Quantic Dream went on to respond to the reports to reaffirm that there have been no delays since no launch date has been confirmed. There’s little to go on beyond that at present, but, given Quantic Dream’s past projects, we expect Star Wars Eclipse to feature on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X at a minimum, with the developer promising a game that "can be experienced in many ways, and puts the destinies of multiple playable characters in your hands".

Star Wars Eclipse trailer 

The Star Wars Eclipse trailer to come out of the Game Awards 2021 features no in-game footage, but is pretty cinematic in its delivery - featuring familiar elements of the Star Wars universe such as speeder bikes, ice planets, droids, Jedi, and a raft of alien species like like mon calamari, anomids, and neimoidians. According to the game’s official website, its Outer Rim setting will also include "never-before-seen species and planets to discover." 

Star Wars: Eclipse screenshots

While we are yet to see Star Wars: Eclipse gameplay, Quantic Dream did release a rather gorgeous in-engine teaser. And from that, the studio has given us a bunch of extremely beautiful Star Wars: Eclipse screenshots, showing off everything from Jedi battles to space exploration and so much more. Check them out in the gallery above.

Star Wars Eclipse story  

Star Wars: Eclipse screenshots

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Star Wars: Eclipse is set to take us to an "uncharted region of the Outer Rim during The High Republic era, known as the golden age of the Jedi." That means we'll be heading back hundreds of years before the Skywalker Saga, to a time where Jedi and the Galactic Republic was at its most powerful. 

Quantic Dreams says we should expect to find "all-new characters and environments" to the Star Wars franchise, including "never-before-seen species and planets to discover." The studio adds: "This part of the Outer Rim is rife with opportunity – and political tensions that could alter the fabric of peace. What will you do?"

That level of choice will be key to the Star Wars: Eclipse story, particularly as it will allow us to "see the galaxy through the eyes of an ensemble cast of multiple, charismatic playable characters, each with their own morality, personality, motivations, and impact upon each other and the story at large." 

"Every decision you make can have dramatic repercussions on your journey," Quantic Dream adds, in a press release. "The way of life in the Outer Rim is being threatened and you must define your path."

Star Wars Eclipse gameplay

Star Wars: Eclipse screenshots

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Star Wars: Eclipse is promising to be a new type of Quantic Dream game. The studio is known for games like Detroid: Become Human and Heavy Rain, adventure which route their gameplay through branching narrative paths and limited input. However, Star Wars: Eclipse is said to be a more traditional action experience, without skimping on all the choice and consequence Quantic Dream is so good at delivering.

The studio says we will "have the power to make choices with consequences thanks to many outcomes in this deeply branching narrative", but we're still yet to see what the gameplay itself may look like.  

Interestingly, Quantic Dream actually opened a brand new studio to help support Star Wars: Eclipse. The Paris HQ will be handling the bulk of the writing and story, while the new team in North America – staffed by former Square Enix Montreal, Eidos Montreal, and Ubisoft Montreal developers – will be handling the action and world design. 

Josh West
UK Managing Editor, GamesRadar+

Josh West is the UK Managing Editor of GamesRadar+. He has over 10 years experience in online and print journalism, and holds a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Feature Writing. Prior to starting his current position, Josh has served as GR+'s Features Editor and Deputy Editor of games™ magazine, and has freelanced for numerous publications including 3D Artist, Edge magazine, iCreate, Metal Hammer, Play, Retro Gamer, and SFX. Additionally, he has appeared on the BBC and ITV to provide expert comment, written for Scholastic books, edited a book for Hachette, and worked as the Assistant Producer of the Future Games Show. In his spare time, Josh likes to play bass guitar and video games. Years ago, he was in a few movies and TV shows that you've definitely seen but will never be able to spot him in.

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