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Visceral Games' Star Wars Title To Be Redesigned Following Studio Closure

Visceral Games' Star Wars Title To Be Redesigned Following Studio Closure

That's awful news for Visceral's employees, many of whom will likely lose their jobs, joining legions of developers whose studios have been purchased, restructured, and ultimately shuttered by Electronic Arts.

As you might have heard, EA's Visceral Games was developing a new Star Wars title.

Electronic Arts has made a decision to shut down Visceral Games, one of the company's oldest studios and the one behind the Dead Space franchise.

EA announced in a blog post that the new Star Wars video game is getting a different approach.

While we don't yet know how this shift in focus will change the upcoming Star Wars game, it seems likely that the company wants to create a more open-adventure game that adds loot boxes. Making games in the extraordinary Star Wars universe is truly a dream for so many of us at EA, and we have so many more experiences to come for players on every platform. EA is planning to have a development team from across EA Worldwide Studios take over development for the game. Visceral Games itself has only shared an image of the team as a whole since the announcement, a memorial of the studio before it closes down. The original game, under Hennig's direction, was expected to arrive in 2018; that window no longer applies to the new project.

The statement didn't touch on Amy Hennig's continued involvement with the formerly Visceral game. It will push back the release date of the as-yet unnamed Star Wars action-adventure game, which had been slated for the fiscal-year 2019 starting in April.

Back in 1998, EA Redwood Shores began its development life by working on smaller games such as Tiger Woods PGA Tour, multiple Lord of the Rings games, and multiple James Bond games.

KitGuru Says: In one fell swoop EA killed off one of its most promising studios as well as the only Star Wars game worth getting excited about.

Despite the weaknesses of the third entry, the Dead Space trilogy still holds a place in the hearts of many horror fans.

It sounds as if Star Wars is moving away from an Uncharted-style linear adventure and will now embrace the lucrative "games as a service" model the industry so loves.

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