EA shutters Visceral studio plans to completely redesign Amy Hennig’s story-focused Star Wars game
Don't expect to get your hands on the hotly-anticipated game until 2020 at the earliest.
EA has today announced that Visceral Games, the studio behind the Dead Space games, is being ramped down for an eventual closure.
Visceral was in the process of developing a new Star Wars game led by Uncharted writer Amy Hennig, with the game set to put narrative front and centre. That project is now being handed off to the grander EA Worldwide Studios, with EA Vancouver taking charge of primary development.
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Not only will this affect the game's expected release, with the 2019 launch date now pushed back to an as yet unannounced timeframe, it also marks a drastic shift in what the game is going to be. EA believes that fundamental changes in the games marketplace require a different approach to what the game was originally going for, with a greater focus on "variety and player agency" and "greater depth and breadth to explore".
This sounds very much like EA is responding to the popularity of games like Destiny 2 and its own upcoming Anthem, and could mean the game will look to a persistent online world to deliver its Star Wars adventure. At any rate, we probably won't be hearing any more about the game for quite some time.
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