Disney cancels Star Wars: Attack Squadrons before it even gets out of beta

Developer ends development on free-to-play browser game so it can focus on "other Star Wars game experiences."

Disney's Star Wars: Attack Squadrons, a free-to-play PC game that channeled classic Nintendo 64 title Rogue Squadron, is no more. The developer today canceled the game, just five months after announcing it in December 2013.

A message posted on the game's website informs players of the shutdown. "We want to thank all of the fans who participated in the closed beta of Star Wars: Attack Squadrons," Disney said. "After much consideration, we have decided to cease development so that we can focus on other Star Wars game experiences. We truly appreciate the time you spent engaging in the beta."

Star Wars: Attack Squadrons was going to allow you to pilot classic Star Wars ships such as the X-Wing or TIE Interceptor. Ship customization and multiplayer battles were also planned. The game's dogfighting mode was going to support up to 16 players and even take place in "iconic Star Wars locations."

First-time developer Area 52 Games was behind Star Wars: Attack Squadrons. It's unclear what impact the game's cancellation had or will have on the studio.

Though Star Wars: Attack Squadrons may be no more, Electronic Arts is moving forward on multiple core Star Wars games. Battlefield developer DICE is making a new Star Wars: Battlefront game, while Dead Space creator Visceral Games is rumored to be working on an open-world Star Wars game. Former Naughty Dog creative director Amy Hennig recently joined EA to work on this title.

Disney and Lucasfilm announced in April that going forward, "all aspects of Star Wars storytelling moving forward will be connected." As part of this announcement, Lucasfilm confirmed that all future game releases will also be canonical.

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daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

Disney loves fucking with the franchise as much and Lucas.

sirchick
sirchick

It was cancelled cos it sucked it has microtransactions - no one played it - it was losing money.

NOT because they want to focus on some other "experiences".

501stormtrooper
501stormtrooper

"Disney cancels Star Wars: Attack Squadrons before it even gets out of beta"


I'm not exactly an expert on this topic, but isn't it obvious that something would have to be at most be on the beta stage in order to be cancelled? I mean, if it's out of beta it would be a finished product and there's no sense in cancelling it.

vackillers
vackillers

Stupid Disney. Think this is the 3rd bloody star wars game they cancelled, I really don't understand why the hell they bought the franchise in the first place if they are just simply going to cancel everything they make. Ridiculous, someone else please buy the franchise!

majinnegro
majinnegro

Well at least its free-to-play maybe they can make legit good star wars game. Also i hate disney for cancelling 1313.

Lambchopzin
Lambchopzin

You know what might be a good idea, Disney? Making a legitimate Star Wars space fightin game, instead of a crappy f2p cash-in.


Much as I'd love to see another game in the same vein as Rogue Squadron, or even better the old TIE Fighter/XWing games, I don't want to see a watered down f2p browser version of those, so I'm not too peeved about this.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

"Developer ends development on free-to-play browser game"


This is a headline I am always happy to see.

DeadrisingX1
DeadrisingX1

Well, since it's a browser game that's "free" to play, I don't mind.
I still hate you for what you did to 1313 though, Disney.

pattonc
pattonc

This is not a real big loss.  I signed up for and played the closed beta, it was a terrible game.  The only worthwhile aspect was that you got to fly Star Wars ships, which wore off quickly.

helldragonzer
helldragonzer

Let's face it people, this failed because it was f2p, Disney doesn't care about f2p, even it's mobile games that are supposed to be free end up having pay walls at some point.

kryotech
kryotech

That's sad......goddamn you Disney.

hitomo
hitomo

there is no need for this game as its the same as this one, wich is also free to play


watch?v=pk9Mw3T-zX0

ferna1234
ferna1234

"not enough brainwash potential" said CEO Mr. Mouse.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

The space fighter games are usually the only Star Wars games I actually enjoy. Then I read that this was a free-to-play browser game. So you know..... bovered?

Jshaw71
Jshaw71

Honestly, I am not sure what ppl's problems are with free2play games, IF it's done right (like in LoL)  It can work really well, I heard about a star wars free2play game, and tohught something like battlefeild heroes, but that's just mew and a open world star wars games sounds cool, but where would it be based? and how big would the world be?

colbster
colbster

It wasn't on xbox one? Then fuck it.

CatAtomic999
CatAtomic999

I guess they don't want to be too closely associated with F2P, cash-grab crap. Can't say I blame them. I wonder if this says anything about Bioware's chances for renewing their SWtOR license in a few years?

juiceair
juiceair

When the higher ups heard Free-2-Play, they lost any interest in the project.  

woodyfr
woodyfr

“Disney” and “video games” in the same phrase should only be used for nostalgic people.


alaricwilliams
alaricwilliams

I don't want open world or lightsabers or force powers. I just want a damn space simulator. I'll take anything, even another starfighter game. Just give me a damn official star wars flight simulator.

Arsyad00
Arsyad00

its always bout the munneh

commando1992
commando1992

Good, now they can make a real game instead of some cheap mobile F2P gimmick. 

Hurvl
Hurvl

That's no great loss, personally speaking, but I doubt that I will be more interested in the "other Star Wars game experiences" they mention.

billy19joseph
billy19joseph

I loved Rogue Squadron on the N64 and have only just literally hears about this, now cancelled, game. 
Sad feels

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

On a more detailed note, feedback from the testers must have been crap. Who knows how mechanics and MC were gonna implemented.

SlaviksG
SlaviksG

Good it was F2P, probably, P2W game, made by unknown dev.

Shadowmasterx07
Shadowmasterx07

I will buy another star wars only if any of these games are rereleased in HD or gets a sequel:


- Kotor (Not the multiplayer one)

- Jedi Knight

- X-Wing (the classic one)


If none of these are in the plans of Disney, then they lost a customer


PrpleTrtleBuBum
PrpleTrtleBuBum

With just 16 people it's not much of a loss. This kind of game requires a minimum of 100

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

Oh, don't worry.  I'm sure they have plenty of free to play, microtransactioned, DLC ridden "experiences" to share with us.


Don't lose hope.



chieflion
chieflion

To: Fucking Disney.

This woulda sucked anyway, and I want to slay some Ewoks, battlefront couldn't come any sooner. 

I hope your movies don't suck ass.

Also I wanna use a lightsaber again...

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

gonna go drink a lot of hard liquor and blast russian hardbass to drown my sorrows

Ervaine
Ervaine

Is it me or over since disney bought star wars franchise rights they being at it destroying everthing good in it .

lostn
lostn

I would love another Rogue Squadron. Looked interesting. But if it's a browser based game, then meh. No great loss.

ahpuck
ahpuck

Must have been a stinker.

ShowgunSam
ShowgunSam

@vackillers "Someone else buy the franchise." You understand that the Star Wars name was worth $4 billion to Disney, and now that the franchise bears their name, it's worth even more? You're not going to outbid a company like that.

Besides, this game didn't seem to be the best IP investment to begin with. If they're wanting to "channel" Rogue Squadron, then they'll probably just invest in a AAA developer to bring back the Rogue Squadron franchise (like they've already done with Battlefront). Patience, friend. It takes time and effort to produce.  

catsimboy
catsimboy

@Jshaw71 saying F2P is good if it's done well is like saying tigers are great pets when they're not mauling you

koospetoors
koospetoors

@juiceair That's ironic, I thought it was the hot new way to rob customers among higher ups

Hurvl
Hurvl

@billy19joseph I just hope Gamespot won't have any articles where they show us what this cancelled game would have been like, because that is like digging through a rotting corpse. No matter what you do with it, no matter what you reveal about it, it's still dead and it's going to stay dead. It's better to just move on, instead of pondering of what could have been.

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

@Ervaine This it the first good thing Disney did. A browser F2P, no thanks.. I would rather they focus on proper AAA titles.

Shadowmasterx07
Shadowmasterx07

@lostn Yeah, I prefer a full desktop/console game for a Rogue Squadron-like game, browser game usually come with hidden stuff like microtransactions and criminal pay-to-win mechanics

Ervaine
Ervaine

@Sl4cka @Ervaine Trust me when i say :  It is the last nice thing Disney will do for Star Wars.