EA is shutting down Visceral Games, the studio
behind the Dead Space trilogy and Battlefield Hardline spin-off.
It's said that as many of its team members as possible will be
shifted to other projects and teams at EA, with the Star Wars title they were
working on being moved to a different studio and becoming something completely
Patrick Söderlund, Executive Vice President of EA, announced in an
EA blog post that Visceral’s linear and story-focused action adventure game will
now be developed across EA’s Worldwide Studios with EA Vancouver leading
Speaking about the changes in game design,
“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.”
“Our industry is evolving faster and more
dramatically than ever before. 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. So is the way games are made.”
“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
The future of Amy Hennig, who joined the
Visceral Star Wars project following her departure from Naughty Dog in 2014 after
directing and writing Uncharted 1-3, is unclear as, in an e-mail response to
IGN, EA commented that they are only in “discussions” about her next move.
Due to all the noted changes in
development and design, the game’s originally planned fiscal year 2019 release
is no more, and EA will announce a new timeframe of release in the future.
While EA will continue to live out their “dreams”
of making games in the Star Wars universe, Visceral Games is now added to the
long list of studios that EA has killed since purchasing, including the
original creators of the Star Wars: Battlefront Games, Pandemic, who were shut
down in 2009.