Disney has pulled the plug on its browser-based free-to-play space combat game Star Wars: Attack Squadrons after months of closed beta testing. Perhaps the reception wasn’t all that positive, and Disney decided it was best to just scrap it all and move onto the next project.
An announcement on the game’s official Facebook page thanks gamers for their time and fans for eagerly await the release, but it regrettably announces that the game is no more.
“We want to thank all of the fans who participated in the closed beta of Star Wars: Attack Squadrons. After much consideration, we have decided to cease development so that we can focus on other Star Wars game experiences.”
For what it’s worth, I hadn’t even heard of this game. It was announced last December and allowed 16-player dog-fights with familiar and fully customizable Star Wars ships including the X-Wing and TIE Fighter.
While it’s hardly of the same high profile, this is the second Star Wars game to get the ax after the Disney takeover of LucasFilm. Disney unceremoniously allowed the previous game’s, Star Wars 1313, trademark to simply expire. It had gotten a lot of hype thanks to its dark and back alley twist of the Star Wars universe, as well as the next-gen graphics, which were shown before we had even seen the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Last we heard of it, the writers had said that it was supposed to be a Boba Fett game, but LucasArts never got around to confirming it.
So good news? Bad news? Disney has the biggest franchise in history on its hands, and no doubt it wants to quality control it to kingdom come and back to avoid another massive mish-mash like the Star Wars Expanded Universe had achieved before. I think we can spare a free-to-play browser based space combat game if it means more quality products down the line.
With this canceled, hopefully we can jump back into the cockpit of our favorite ships in the near future. The space combat genre is disappointingly under-represented these days.