Though the developers at Area 52 spent a lot of time, money and love on developing the Star Wars dogfighting game Attack Squadrons, Disney Interactive have decided to pull the plug. The game was at an advanced stage, and had even undergone a closed Beta. I didn’t get to play it but there was apparently a lot of promise here.
The announcement came from the game’s Facebook page.
We want to thank all of the fans who participated in the closed beta of Star Wars: Attack Squadrons.
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.
There are already some conspiracy theories as to why the axe came down, but I don’t know how accurate any of them might be. Perhaps the most interesting is the idea that Disney want to save the dogfighting game for a tie-in to their mooted Red Five spin-off movie, supposedly due in a few years.
Well, we’ll see about that. Surely they could just do a sequel for that schedule?
Anyway, goodbye Attack Squadrons. I wish I’d had a chance to meet you.