No Hope: Unannounced Star Wars RTS Trailer Leaks

We’ve got at least four Star Wars games to look forward to in the next four years, but one wonders how many more have been partially developed and discarded without anyone ever knowing. This thought is prompted by footage of an unannounced, presumably cancelled, Star Wars real-time strategy game that appeared online yesterday.

The Original Trilogy Tatooine-set footage was first spotted by Nerd_Leaks and uploaded to Vimeo by someone claiming to be former EA audio director Elise Baldwin. It was quickly removed from Vimeo, but not before being ripped and uploaded elsewhere. For example:

It’s cartoon-y, it looks far from finished (do those laser blasts connect with anyone other than Skywalker?), but it does do enough to make me imagine how good a Star Wars RTS might be. Basically, AT-ATs stomping across landscapes while Jawa and Imperial soldiers scurry under foot is what I’m after, and this has that as well as X-Wings and Tie Fighters in the sky.

Of course, Star Wars: Empire At War also had some of those things back in 2006 and it felt like a boring mod for Command & Conquer. There’s little in the video above that suggests this game had any more interesting ideas beyond “Be Star Wars,” so I can see why this “did not make it to marketplace,” according to the original video’s description, after being “in development for over a year.”


  1. Sgt_Big_Bubbaloola says:

    Skywalker is OP!

    I also find it amusing that the denizens of Mos Eisley are simply not bothered by a Jedi taking in a Stormtrooper unit right next to them.

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      Qazinsky says:

      Come now, that’s probably not the worst thing they’ve seen that day!

      • Guy Montag says:

        This guy down at the cantina told me he had the death sentence on twelve systems! And that his friend didn’t like me! Also he didn’t like me!

        The nerve.

        • Sgt_Big_Bubbaloola says:

          I know the ones you’re on about. They said that to everyone. I say yhat in a past tense as ones in the medbay and the others in the morgue. That’s the Tatooine way.

        • Thurgret says:

          What really happened:

  2. MaxMcG says:

    Strange – the Federation’s phasors in that clip are green when they should be orange/red and the Borg’s Phasors are orange/red when they should be green. Can’t believe the Devs managed to get that so wrong.

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      distantlurker says:

      yes Mr Meer, plz 2 get with program.

      If you’re doing an article on a Star Wars game you have to use an opening pic from Blake’s 7.

      This is now the law at RPS.

      • Benratha says:

        Actually I was expecting Dalek pictures this time. But that does seem to be a Star Wars location…

  3. peterako1989 says:

    the popular units will all be locked behind a paywall. AT-AT will be 9,99 for example. The X-wing will be more like 14,99. It will always online and MP only.

  4. Unsheep says:

    ‘Empire At War’ was actually more of a 4X game than a combat-focused RTS like C&C, as it also had Homeworld-like space battles and strategic ‘Master of Orion’ inspired planet grabbing. These two games have very little in common.

    ‘Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds’ however is closer to what C&C was, with it’s focus on combat, maybe you are confusing the two.

    • kud13 says:

      I haven’t played Empire at War, but Galactic Battlegrounds was a total Age of Empires clone. There were virtually no mechanics there similar to C&C

    • Kamalen says:

      RTS in space is not equal to “Homeworld like”. Please respect this franchise as Empire at War boring space battles are far away from anything Homeworldy

  5. Turkey says:

    I know it’s a staple of the genre, but melee combat always looks so damn goofy in RTS games.

  6. Cinek says:

    Is that an iPad game? Cause sure looks like one…

  7. bhauck says:

    Why is there a picture of Star Trek for an article about a Star Wars game?

    • DelrueOfDetroit says:

      Because now that both franchises are owned by Johnson & Johnson (a family company) they have been retconned into the same universe. Didn’t you watch the Babylon 5 Cinco De Mayo Special last year?

  8. BrotherSurplice says:

    Harrumph. Empire at War was far better than a boring mod for C&C.