Visceral Games is no more, Electronic Arts announced today.
EA is closing Visceral Games and overhauling the still in development Star Wars title Visceral had been working on since 2013, when the multi-year EA/Star Wars games deal was announced.
The game was originally said to be a "story-based, linear adventure" styled after the Uncharted series. That looks to be changing, however, as EA's Vice President Patrick Soderlund has confirmed that EA is making a "significant change" to the title.
"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. 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
While the title was slated to release in the later half of Fiscal Year 2019, EA has delayed the title indefinitely.
The "good" news in all of this, is that the game isn't being given up on entirely and it seems to be in good hands. "A development team from across EA Worldwide Studios will take over the development, led by a team from EA Vancouver that has already been working on the project."
No other details about the game were made available, nor is any other information about the studios closing.
We'll keep you updated on the latest as we get it.