Recreation growth studio Visceral Video games is being shut down, its publishing dad or mum EA introduced immediately. Visceral’s upcoming Star Wars sport will change palms throughout the EA umbrella.
Visceral, the crew behind such video games as Useless House and Battlefield Hardline, is ramping down and shutting after almost 20 years of creating video games, EA govt vp Patrick Söderlund introduced in a weblog put up. The Star Wars sport mission shall be shifting instructions to fulfill what he explains as shifts within the client market.
Though we did not know a lot about Visceral’s Star Wars sport, we knew it was going to be a single-player action-adventure sport that was story-focused and linear, headed by former Uncharted director Amy Hennig.
Now, apparently after listening to suggestions and searching on the market, EA feels a brand new, extra open expertise could be higher for the sport.
Our Visceral studio has been creating an action-adventure title set within the Star Wars universe. In its present kind, it was shaping as much as be a story-based, linear journey sport.
All through the event course of, we’ve got been testing the sport idea with gamers, listening to the suggestions about what and the way they need to play, and carefully monitoring basic shifts within the market. It has change into clear that to ship an expertise that gamers will need to come again to and revel in for a very long time to return, we wanted to pivot the design. We are going to preserve the beautiful visuals, authenticity within the Star Wars universe, and deal with bringing a Star Wars story to life.
Importantly, we’re shifting the sport to be a broader expertise that permits for extra selection and participant company, leaning into the capabilities of our Frostbite engine and reimagining central components of the sport to offer gamers a Star Wars journey of larger depth and breadth to discover.
The mission is being handed off to EA Worldwide Studios, and EA is engaged on protecting on as many Visceral crew members as attainable throughout the breadth of EA. The standing of the sport’s director, Hennig, was not talked about within the weblog put up.
The sport’s anticipated launch timing — 2019 — has been indefinitely delayed.