EA Closes Viscereal games

EA closed down Viscereal games, the makers of the Dead Space franchise. Also, they were the gaming studio working on the single player story based Star Wars game that EA showed last year being headed up by Amy Henning (formerly of Naughty Dog).

Goodbye Hardline 2 :disappointed_relieved:

I read that they plan to move the Star Wars game to another studio and are making changes to it for the better it sounds. This will delay it a ton though.

If you have a link, update this thread. Everything I’ve seen so far suggested it’s dead.

I posted it in discord hours ago. I will try and find it.

Edited: Or maybe I didn’t I just mentioned the closing. To Twitter I go.

The Star Wars game in development at Visceral will be revamped and move to a different studio, EA says, although it will now be something completely different.

“Our Visceral studio has been developing an action-adventure title set in the Star Wars universe,” EA’s Patrick Söderlund said in a blog post. “In its current form, it was shaping up to be a story-based, linear adventure game. 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. 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.”

Söderlund added that Visceral will be “ramping down and closing” and that “we’re in the midst of shifting as many of the team as possible to other projects and teams at EA.”

“Lastly,” he said, “while we had originally expected this game to launch late in our fiscal year 2019, we’re now looking at a new timeframe that we will announce in the future.”

UPDATE (3:37pm): In an e-mail to employees obtained by Kotaku, Söderlund offered more details on the Star Wars game, which was codenamed Ragtag:

A development team from across Worldwide Studios will take over development of Ragtag, led by the EA Vancouver team that has already been working on the project. Steve Anthony will lead this team, and we will use much of the work that has been done to date by Visceral – the assets of Ragtag that have already been built will be the foundation of this new game.

I just saw a tweet from Patrick Kleppek that may have nailed it: EA wants to turn the game into a Destiny like experience.

Action-adventure title sounds like just what a great Star Wars SP campaign would be.
Hopefully they don’t wreck this through greed.

We definitely dont need another star wars mmo or destiny like star wars game. I am looking for a witcher or Mass effect type game out of this and I don’t think we are going to see that.

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EA knows what we want better than we know what we want.

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