EA Shuts Down Dead Space Dev Visceral Games, Star Wars Project to be Rebooted

Written by Neil Soutter on Wed, Oct 18, 2017 9:45 AM

EA has rather unceremoniously shut down Visceral Games, the studio behind Dead Space, Battlefield Hardline, and an upcoming Star Wars third-person action game. Development of the unnamed Star Wars project that was shown off at E3 2016 has now been handed off to another internal EA studio.

The Star Wars game as we know it will be going back to the drawing board though. EA has said it was shaping up to be a story-based, linear adventure game, helmed by Uncharted maestro Amy Hennig, but in order “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 games we want to play and spend time with, the experiences we want to have in those games, and the way we play…all those things are continually changing,” said EA’s Patrick Söderlund. “So is the way games are made. In this fast-moving space, we are always focused on creating experiences that our players want to play…and today, that means we’re making a significant change with [the unannounced Star Wars project].”

From the sounds of things, EA has been playtesting the game and listening to feedback, opting to shift the game towards “a broader experience” that gives players “a Star Wars adventure of greater depth and breadth to explore.” For ‘broader experience’, we read multiplayer Games as a Service, as EA desperately chases the latest trend in an attempt at relevance. Considering EA had Hennig on board, this seems like a horrendous waste of talent and resources. The Star Wars movies haven't been seen in a better light for the last 35 years, and EA has absolutely failed to capitalise on this aside from a couple of Battlefront titles.

Visceral is now in the process of closing down, with EAA seeking to move as many of the team as possible into other EA studios. As for the new Star Wars game, its previous fiscal year 2019 launch date has now been scrapped. EA is looking at a new timeframe for the game that it will announce at a later date.

So that’s that, another EA studio bites the dust. There aren’t a great deal of EA studios left now aside from the EA Sports teams. Bioware had better be hoping beyond hope that Anthem is a smash hit; it’s easy to see the storied developer next on the chopping block after Mass Effect Andromeda.

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07:44 Oct-23-2017

Visceral Games, i had been follower of them due to dead space series, sad they are closing, sad there will be no new dead space going to be.

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22:57 Oct-19-2017

So let's all gear up for more fun with games like Mass Effect Andromeda 2!
Yay! Wouldn't we all want that?

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14:28 Oct-20-2017

No....not really :D

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03:40 Oct-19-2017

Just :D
:D at the fact that there'll probably be no more Dead Space.

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18:51 Oct-20-2017

Wait what happened? The emoji was sarcasm? Oh well. Its all cool.

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01:59 Oct-19-2017

Shut down why? Merge into one studio or just politics?

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23:53 Oct-18-2017

i was cautiously optimistic and looking forward to see if this game would be decent. Oh well haven't really been excited for a star wars game since 1313 (RIP). Stupid disney sold the exclusive rights to the worst company ever. Pathetic.

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21:25 Oct-18-2017

Too Bad, I did prefer Dead Space instead

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20:41 Oct-18-2017

fuk you EA... sincerely Westwood and studio friends.

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20:17 Oct-18-2017

I was going to say, we were all waiting for this.

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18:17 Oct-18-2017

EA is like a living creature, it grows up by eating others.

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17:02 Oct-18-2017

EA ruined Battlefront 2 SP campaign by making our protagonist some chick with a stupid name. But still there was some hope with Visceral games. Now it seems to be gone as well..


Sad day for gaming :'(

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19:40 Oct-18-2017

The game isn't even out yet and the only problem for you is that the protagonst is a woman?

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14:41 Oct-18-2017

I suspect they didnt want to do something that EA wanted them to do (microtransactions maybe?)

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16:10 Oct-18-2017

nah,it just that star wars is more likely to get more money

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17:59 Oct-18-2017

There are such things as company politics. EA seems like the large conglomerate that would have plenty of that.

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14:22 Oct-18-2017

I guess another Dead Space game possibility is even more dead now.

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14:13 Oct-18-2017

Well, I guess it's back to boycotting EA. They've ruined so many amazing studios. And Jim Sterling said, EA is a gaming serial killer.

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14:40 Oct-18-2017

And also ruined most of my favorite games.

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14:10 Oct-18-2017

EA shut down way too many good dev studios...Would have liked a good Dead Space 4,after 3 kinda turned away from the horror Dead Space 2 provided.Those were some good days of gaming :D

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17:06 Oct-24-2017

What about command and conquer? It's been 7 years since EA have yet to release a Command and conquer franchise. Somebody has to purchase Command and conquer out from EA.

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11:03 Oct-18-2017

Business as usual for EA, no more passion or dedication in making something special! It's all about the profit, that perfect moment when ticking all the little boxes can make you a fortune. This industry meant something more a few years back; or maybe I'm a big fool for thinking it did.

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11:19 Oct-18-2017

There never was

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14:06 Oct-18-2017

gaming got hugely popular so there was money to be made. in swoop the corporate elite to drain all creativity and passion from the industry.
it's never been more important to support indie devs and studios with good ethics.

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20:39 Oct-18-2017

they all just want money... a really passionate indie will work a normal job like programming for a company or leading a programming company and release a completely free game as a side project, with no micro-transactions, no paid anything. Then I will believe that there is a passionate game developer.

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23:20 Oct-19-2017

Yeah, and a passionate cook is going to open 5 star restaurant and make food for free. A passionate painter is going to give all of his work for free, a passionate writer is going to give his books for free, etc. Otherwise none of them are really passionate about what they love, right?
Being passionate does not mean working for free.

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10:48 Oct-18-2017

Well, I think you can safely say that Dead Space... is Dead...

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14:42 Oct-18-2017

Maybe.EA can always sell hype in future and make a Andromeda quality Dead Space.
Dead Space Original was a awesome game.Too bad Viseral was working with EA.

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10:41 Oct-18-2017

RIP Dead Space :(

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10:37 Oct-18-2017

I guess EA was not happy with WB and 2K taking over it's "worst studio of the year" award so they tried their best to one one up them. Luckily for all of them, that place can also be shared.

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13:23 Oct-18-2017

And Activision

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15:42 Oct-18-2017

Yeah, forgot about their "patent".

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10:18 Oct-18-2017

Anthem by Bioware will probably pay2win too.

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10:18 Oct-18-2017

What the HELL ???
Ea is going to do this to all studios !!!

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