There Could Be A Disturbance In The Force For Star Wars: Eclipse
A group of fans has come together to call on gamers to boycott Star Wars: Eclipse due to the troubling reports of developer Quantic Dream fostering a toxic workplace culture.
Star Wars: Eclipse was unveiled last week with a trailer at the game awards and is set during the High Republic Era of Star Wars serving as a prequel to The Phantom Menace. The game is set to be a slight departure for the studio, the cinematic experience with multiple characters will still be present, but there’ll also be a much bigger focus on action gameplay. The trailer was extremely well-crafted and generated a lot of buzz on social media but gamers were quick to point out Quantic Dream’s most recent scandals which should not be overlooked.
Back in 2018, Quantic Dream was the subject of damning reports from three French news outlets alleging that the developer was a “toxic corporate culture, management with inappropriate words and attitudes”. The allegations went all the way to the top with founder David Cage being accused of participating and encouraging racist and sexist culture. Quantic Dream has since been embroiled in a bitter lawsuit with two of the publications Le Monde and Mediapart and has vehemently refuted the allegations.
Shortly after the reveal of Star Wars: Eclipse the hashtag #Blackoutstarwarseclipse began trending on Twitter calling for Quantic Dream to be removed from the project. Many supporting the campaign believe that LucasFilm Games’ involvement with Quantic Dream could be a step back from the franchise which has made efforts to improve representation in books and comics. For what it’s worth fans are mostly behind the concept and idea behind Star Wars: Eclipse, but not with Quantic Dream behind it, who have excluded LGBTQ+ characters in their previous titles.
LucasFilm Games’ have yet to release a statement regarding the controversy. This is very much an ongoing story and Star Wars: Eclipse is seemingly three or four years away, anything can happen in that time.