EA have announced that they are shutting down Visceral Games, the studio is famously known for the Dead Space series, and where working on an upcoming unnamed Star Wars game. Visceral brought Amy Hennig, most famously known as director of Uncharted 2, on board for the studio's Star Wars game that is now being significantly retooled. As EA's executive vice president Patrick Söderlund implied in a blog post, the game seems to be moving from a self-contained single-player experience to a long-term Games as a Service model.
“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.”
The Star Wars title will transfer to EA Vancouver, who had already been helping to work on the game. There is no word on how EA plans to proceed with Amy Hennig yet. As part of this shift, the Star Wars game is also being delayed from 2019 to an undefined date in the future.
Well there goes my hope for a new Dead Space, I really wish we knew why EA did this. It seems very unnecessary to close such a studio, I feel for all that are effected.