EA seems to be in a mood for changes. As EA executive vice president Patrick Söderlund announced today, their Visceral Games studio, which is behind games like Battlefield Hardline and Dead Space, is being shut down and the Star Wars title they were working on will pass to the hands of another EA development team.
Visceral Games has been working on this title for quite some time now and it is supposed to be an action-adventure title set in the Star Wars universe. Söderlund claimed that they have been testing the game play-testers and listened to their feedback, so they are now trying to change its design a bit:
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.
After Visceral Game’s disbanded, a developer team from across EA Worldwide Studios will continue working on this unnamed Star Wars title, led by a team from EA Vancouver that has already been working on the project. That’s all fine but what about Dead Space? Regardless of its not so impressive sales, I for one believe that the series deserves another chance. With the original studio disbanded and shifted, a new Dead Space game might never see the light of the day.
Regarding the employees at Visceral Games, Söderlund ensured that most of them will be shifted in other EA projects so this announcement was not as coldhearted as it started to be. As for the release of their currently in development title he stated:
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.
As we see it will be a long time since we’ll be able to play this mysterious Star Wars title. Another one is releasing soon though in the form of Star Wars Battlefront II, launching 17th November for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.