EA shuts down studio behind Dead Space and upcoming Star Wars title
Future of 'Star Wars' game uncertain.
Visceral Games, the studio behind critically acclaimed sci-fi survival-horror 'Dead Space', has been shut down by owner Electronic Arts.
The studio has been working on an original 'Star Wars' game since 2013, which has been described as a "story-based, linear adventure" and likened to Naughty Dog's Uncharted series. According to EA executive vice president Patrick, major changes coming to the title, which now hangs in development limbo.
"Throughout the development process, we have been testing the game concept with players, listening to the feedback about what and how they want to play, and closely tracking fundamental shifts in the marketplace,” the EA executive said. “It has become clear that to deliver an experience that players will want to come back to and enjoy for a long time to come, we needed to pivot the design. We will maintain the stunning visuals, authenticity in the Star Wars universe, and focus on bringing a Star Wars story to life. Importantly, we are shifting the game to be a broader experience that allows for more variety and player agency, leaning into the capabilities of our Frostbite engine and reimagining central elements of the game to give players a Star Wars adventure of greater depth and breadth to explore."
Other EA studios will take over development of the Star Wars title, which was originally slated to release between April 2018 and March 2019. The game has now been pushed back indefinitely.
"A development team from across EA Worldwide Studios will take over development of this game, led by a team from EA Vancouver that has already been working on the project," Söderlund said. "Our Visceral studio will be ramping down and closing, and we’re in the midst of shifting as many of the team as possible to other projects and teams at EA."
Naughty Dog creative director Amy Hennig was at the studio co-writing the new Star Wars game. It is unclear as to whether she will stay with EA to see out the rest of development.
The next Star Wars game lands this November in the shape of Battlefront 2 for PS4, Xbox One and PC.
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