Well If I am not mistaken I think that back then , Origin was to make a Star Wars
Space sim , but Lucas(-arts?) didnt aprove or something like that.
LOAF or someone could bring some light to that .
If that happened , and with the success WC had in 1990 ,Lucasarts had to react somehow.They had to STRIKE BACK
IIRC they were after the Battlestar Galactica License(wich would be wise, and at least a lot cheaper). Lucas(Arts/Filmgames) was already doing (flight)games by then, and there were star-wars sims(like the arcade version) already for facing TIE's and performing the trench run in the early 80's.