EA is shutting down Visceral Video games, the studio behind game titles like Battlefield Hardline and Useless Place, the publisher explained right now. The Star Wars recreation in enhancement at Visceral will be revamped and transfer to a distinct studio, EA suggests, whilst it will now be something fully distinct.
“Our Visceral studio has been acquiring an action-journey title established in the Star Wars universe,” EA’s Patrick Söderlund explained in a website post. “In its present sort, it was shaping up to be a story-based mostly, linear journey recreation. In the course of the enhancement procedure, we have been testing the recreation thought with players, listening to the feed-back about what and how they want to engage in, and intently monitoring elementary shifts in the marketplace. It has grow to be crystal clear that to produce an knowledge that players will want to appear back again to and take pleasure in for a very long time to appear, we necessary to pivot the style and design.”
Söderlund added that Visceral will be “ramping down and closing” and that “we’re in the midst of shifting as numerous of the group as feasible to other assignments and teams at EA.”
“Lastly,” he explained, “while we experienced initially expected this recreation to launch late in our fiscal 12 months 2019, we’re now looking at a new timeframe that we will announce in the long run.”
UPDATE (3:37pm): In an e-mail to staff acquired by Kotaku, Söderlund available additional information on the Star Wars recreation, which was codenamed Ragtag:
A enhancement group from across Worldwide Studios will acquire around enhancement of Ragtag, led by the EA Vancouver group that has already been working on the project. Steve Anthony will lead this group, and we will use considerably of the operate that has been performed to day by Visceral – the belongings of Ragtag that have already been crafted will be the foundation of this new recreation.
(Steve Anthony is an executive producer at EA.)
It’s safe and sound to presume that the new incarnation of this Star Wars recreation will include “games as a service” factors, as has been EA’s mandate for pretty some time now.
EA was not crystal clear about the position of longtime Uncharted director Amy Hennig, who joined Visceral to direct this Star Wars recreation right after she left Naughty Puppy in early 2014. In an e-mail, an EA spokesperson explained: “We are in conversations with Amy about her up coming transfer.”
I’d been listening to rumors for pretty some time now that Visceral’s Star Wars recreation was in trouble, and that studios across EA were brought in to assistance give it eyesight and course. Now, that recreation is no additional.