EA Shuts Down Visceral Games, Star Wars Game Moves to EA Vancouver

Angelo Anderson
October 17, 2017

EA is shutting down Visceral Games.

Development of this title will now be led by EA Vancouver among others within EA Worldwide Studios, and the release window of fiscal year 2019 under Visceral Games has been removed, with a new timeframe to be announced. In a blog post, EA executive vice president Patrick Söderlund admitted that the title's design direction wasn't working and will be refocused. "It was shaping up to be a story-based, linear game", he starts, only to describe "feedback about what and how [fans] want to play" and "fundamental shifts in the marketplace". However, new details emerged online and, from what was revealed, it sounded like the game would have been exactly what gamers were looking forward to when it was announced that former Naughty Dog creative director Amy Hennig had joined the project. Visceral, formerly known as EA Redwood Shores, is best known for the Dead Space series and Battlefield: Hardline. The studio was founded in 2001. That project won't be lead by Amy Hennig though, as Jason Schreier reports on Kotaku.

The change in Visceral's Star Wars project will have an even bigger impact on the people working at the studio.

"We're in the midst of shifting as numerous [Visceral] team as possible to other projects and teams at EA", wrote EA EVP Patrick Soderlund.

If you have been waiting for Visceral's single player Star Wars game, you'll be disappointed to hear that EA has chose to shift the entire gameplay experience and shut down Visceral. We're still promised a Star Wars story, but one as a Frostbite-powered "broader experience that allows for more variety and player agency". The games we want to play and spend time with, the experiences we want to have in those games, and the way we play...all those things are continually changing. This image is from E3 2016; Visceral's game had always been hidden from the public with a way-off release target of 2019. Amy Henning, Ex-Uncharted director for Naughty Dog, who was overseeing the Star Wars project, is now in talks with EA regarding the future of the Star Wars title.

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