Star Wars game development could be in jeopardy with Visceral Games closure


Star Wars video games, particularly these of the formidable selection, are not any strangers to growth hell – the time period that audiences and builders give video games which are in limbo with on once more/ off once more manufacturing schedules and indefinite ‘TBA’ launch dates.

It occurred to Star Wars 1313, a cancelled action-adventure sport from now-defunct developer LucasArts, and now it appears to be like prefer it might occur to Visceral Games’ still-untitled foray into the Star Wars universe. 

It’s taking place as a result of its developer, the aforementioned Visceral Games, has formally been scheduled for closure as of this morning. 

So, what’s to change into of the Star Wars sport? According to EA govt vp Patrick Söderlund: a whole re-design.

“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 … 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 mentioned in a blog post.

“A growth workforce from throughout EA Worldwide Studios will take over growth of this sport, led by a workforce from EA Vancouver that has already been engaged on the mission. Our Visceral studio shall be ramping down and shutting, and we’re within the midst of shifting as lots of the workforce as doable to different initiatives and groups at EA.

“Lastly, whereas we had initially anticipated this sport to launch late in our fiscal yr 2019, we’re now taking a look at a brand new timeframe that we are going to announce sooner or later.”

Image from Dead Space three

Hasta la vista, Visceral

Closures for studios are by no means simple to report on, particularly ones as particular and distinctive as Visceral Games. This was the corporate that had developed the beloved Dead Space franchise, iconic The Godfather video games and two of the higher The Lord of the Rings video games. 

The firm started again within the late ’90s as EA Redwood Shores and has since executed in depth work adapting movies into respectable, well-made video games, whereas creating new fashionable IPs like Dead Space. 

Visceral was one among three EA-owned growth studios recognized to be engaged on a Star Wars title – the opposite two being BioWare and DICE, the latter of which is releasing Star Wars Battlefront II on November 17, 2017.

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