We have learned that EA is now closing Visceral games, the studio behind Battlefield: Hardline and Dead Space, which recently has been working on the newest Star Wars game in development. EA has announced that development will be re-positioned in a different studio in order for big changes in the game’s current state.
EA Executive Vice President, Patrick Söderlund, spoke on the situation in a blog post, “Our Visceral studio has been developing an action-adventure title set in the Star Wars universe. 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 went on to explain that although they are closing Visceral, they are looking to move much of the team to other projects and teams in EA.
We do not know where this places former Naughty Dog member and Uncharted director, Amy Hennig, who was brought to EA to direct the Star Wars game. An EA spokesperson said in an email that they are “In discussion with Amy about her next move.”
As far as the release date of the new Star Wars game is concerned, it has been pushed back from its original goal of the 2019 fiscal year. The new date is yet to be announced. With many changes to the game yet to be seen and the project being given to a completely different team, the game will now take a brand new direction.