The popular thought experiment, "If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?", is a fun way to mess around with people's brains, specifically with how they perceive and observe things. Of course, the logical answer to this question is a resounding yes. After all, even if no creature is around to hear the tree fall, it's still going to make a sound.
But, it appears that Quantic Dream has a different take on this.
Back in December, Quantic Dream confirmed that it was working on its first-ever action-adventure game, Star Wars: Eclipse, which is a single-player project that takes place in the High Republic era. A few months later, we reported that development on the game had hit a snag and that Eclipse won't be around until 2027.
Now, a few weeks later, the Detroit: Become Human developers have refuted such claims (or maybe not?).
According to a statement released to GamesRadar, its upcoming Star Wars game isn't delayed and is still on track to release, whenever that is. Furthermore, Quantum explained that it is not possible to delay a game that has never had a release date to begin with. Technically, Quantum is correct.
The only problem with the studio's statement is that they didn't exactly deny that Eclipse's release date is still five years away from now.
It's not unusual for developers to announce a game, only to release it many years later. It has happened before, but it almost always never goes well. For every The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, there's an Anthem and a Duke Nukem Forever that flops face-first into the ground at launch. We're not saying that Quantic stands no chance, but the odds are definitely against the studio. It certainly doesn't help that Quantic isn't well-known (yet, hopefully) for producing high-quality AAA action-adventure games, so there's going to be a bit of a learning curve.
Just to put into context how long five years from now is going to be, GTA VI, The Elder Scrolls VI, and maybe even Fallout: New Vegas 2 as well as Dragon Age 4 and Mass Effect 4 and a handful of new games from Valve (no, not Half-Life 3), could have already come out by then.
The good news here is that Star Wars isn't going on hiatus anytime soon.
Following the commercial success of the sequel trilogy, Disney is investing big into the Star Wars franchise again albeit on the Disney+ streaming platform. In addition to Obi-Wan Kenobi, fans can look forward to Ahsoka Tano, The Mandalorian Season 3, and a possible return of Mace Windu, among others. Plus, there's Electronic Arts' trio of Star Wars games that are in development at Respawn Entertainment. At the very least, Star Wars will still be highly relevant by 2027. The only question then is if Quantic can make Eclipse worth the six-year wait.