Before you get your hopes up, Travis Baldree, the co-founder of Double Damage, who created this Star Wars shooter game demo already confirmed that this game is never going to exist. The five minute video demo was made back in 2016, and contained bits and pieces from other games including Double Damage’s own Rebel Galaxy. When Baldree and company showed the demo to EA, to give them a feel of the potential of what the game could be like, EA declined and did not approve the game to push through development.
Although the demo video only spans five minutes, it was enough to give us a glimpse of what a good game this could have been. Sure, it looks simpler than the games that inspired it, however, it still looks awesome for Star Wars fans and even for space fans in general. The inspiration from Rebel Galaxy is evident in the demo as it showed the similar interface, menu, and control positions. The unnamed game also featured the ability to transfer between ships freely, and hyperspace-jump between locations. In an interview with Kotaku, Baldree said that:
"This was back in 2016, and we pitched a modernized take on X-Wing with all the classic bits. It was a long-shot, and we had near-nil hopes that it would be seriously considered, but we probably did it to please ourselves rather than out of any hope that it would get greenlit."
If you look at it, it’s certainly a missed opportunity and a waste for EA to dump this game into nothingness but, Baldree said that “It was still a cool demo to do.” Even though this space shooter did not go through development, Double Damage is already working on a new game and Baldree revealed that this demo laid the foundation for it, so all their hard work was not wasted after all.
What do you think of this Star Wars shooter game that never existed? Did EA miss out on what could have been an awesome game? Share your thoughts in the comments below.