EA shutters Visceral and "pivots" forthcoming Star Wars game

Isaac Cain
October 19, 2017

This sudden shutdown of Visceral Games has spurred questions about the upcoming Star Wars game that has been in development at Visceral games with Uncharted writer, Amy Hennig.

Dead Space 2 cost $60 million to make back in 2011, and the game only managed to sell four million copies in total.

Formally known as EA Redwood Shores, Visceral Games are the developers behind games like Dead Space and Battlefield: Hardline.

In a post on its website, EVP Patrick Söderlund wrote that the design of the studio's Star Wars action-adventure title had to be "pivoted", with Visceral being ramped down and closed in the process.

Here's EA's official explanation:"In its current form, it was shaping up to be a story-based, linear adventure game". He added that the shift in the game's development will be to create a playing experience that will allow for more variety, through the utilization of its Frostbite engine and giving the Star Wars title more depth and breadth.

This move led to several changes, including a development team from EA's Worldwide Studios taking over the game.

According to CNBC, following the news that the Star Wars game now wouldn't see the light of day until at least fiscal year 2019, the company's stock dropped nearly three percent Wednesday. The team will be absorbed into the other EA studios.

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Interestingly, Barlog himself once described God of War as a tour bus, from which players can step down and explore, and then get back on and enjoy the continuation of the ride. As a result, the studio will be dissolved and the game will be developed by EA Vancouver.

With this game now changing direction, the previous "2019" release window no longer applies.

Now, former Dead Space developer has come forward and revealed that despite Dead Space 2 being a critical hit and selling 4 million units, it wasn't financially successful.

EA is scheduled to release "Star Wars: Battlefront 2" on November 17.

It is worrisome to have heard nothing in regards to Amy Hennig, who left Naught Dog in early 2014 to direct this Star Wars game.

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