EA is Hiring for a AAA Open-World Online Star Wars Game

Written by Stuart Thomas on Mon, Mar 26, 2018 12:57 PM

Like a phoenix rising from some particularly smoldering ashes, Electronic Arts appears to be hiring for a new open-world Star Wars game, just months after Visceral’s Star Wars project was unceremoniously canceled.

EA’s careers site is currently offering up the opportunity for  Lead Online Engineer to help work on a “AAA Star Wars title” that’s currently under development at EA Vancouver. This tells us a couple of things: firstly, we’re getting a new Star Wars game; and secondly, it’s going to have some form of online component.

Visceral’s single-player Star Wars game was canceled 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.” At the time, the pivot was absurdly obvious, and here it is - online Star Wars. More specifically, this roll asks for a lead online engineer to provide "online features for a Star Wars open world project". Those online features will include “Matchmaking, Asynchronous interactions, Live services, Server-host migration, etc."  From the sounds of things, EA is building off of Visceral’s project, which should help speed up the development process somewhat.

There’s not really much that can be gleaned from the job listing but we can at least speculate. If we were to guess, this Star Wars game will probably tap into co-op play, possibly with a shared open-world. This would make it similar to a Destiny or Division type game, although there are also obvious parallels with another key EA product - Anthem. Two co-op sci-fi open-world games may eat into each other’s lunch somewhat so it’s going to be interesting to see how EA hopes to differentiate the two.

The original vision for the Visceral Star Wars project was as a AAA single-player action adventure game. It was in development for some time before EA brought the hammer down. It’s also not the only unannounced Star Wars title in the works at EA. Titanfall developer Respawn is also working on a third-person action-adventure Star Wars game, which somehow we know even less about.

As ever, we’ll bring you more of either of these two Star Wars projects just as soon as we hear it. E3 2018 in June seems as good a time as any though, fingers crossed.

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06:44 Mar-27-2018

THEY MUST HAVE FIRED A **** TON OF PEOPLE,,,,BEWARE

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06:47 Mar-27-2018

you mean BIO-WARE*

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05:53 Mar-27-2018

As much as I would love this I am going to be cautiously optimistic about this given the mtx concerns people have been expressing in this article.


While I doubt that will be an issue here, I will play it safe. If anything, what turned me off from Battlefront 2 in the first place was the lack in choice between light and the dark side (which is what Star Wars is all about) instead forcing you to play on one side the whole time.


I wasn't personally bothered by the P2W of multiplayer, since I don't do PvP to begin with, but that doesn't mean I don't feel the pain of others regarding it!

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06:08 Mar-27-2018

That said, I just realized that the title of the article said "online" I'm hoping this is an MMO of sorts. If it isn't, I will just turn it down. If there is anything I hate, it's those games that require an online connection at all times even when playing in single player. If you are going to do something like that, make it an MMO or at least heavily multiplayer-focused in some way.

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03:15 Mar-27-2018

All they care about are games as a service models riddled with microtransactions.


Star Wars MMO incoming: STAR WARS: Revenge of the microtransactions......

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02:48 Mar-27-2018

And it'll have TONS of Micro Transactions!


Yeah no one is excited for this EA.

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00:16 Mar-27-2018

...online... :(

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23:06 Mar-26-2018

Remember this micro-transaction riddled ugly and vile product is brought to us by EA in place of the single-player story-driven Star Wars game that could have been but was cancelled.


EA doesn't need to make money, it needs to make ALL the money

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20:11 Mar-26-2018

Ryder, not this again...

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18:48 Mar-26-2018

Yeah, a full open world of microsansactions where you can only access certain areas of the map if you pay 20 bucks on top of the 60 bucks base price... :/

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20:50 Mar-26-2018

That won't happen, especially after Disney got on EAs butt about it in regards to Battlefront 2. EA may be big but one would be wise not to mess with Disney.

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21:16 Mar-26-2018

Disney only intervened because the news reached mainsteream outlets.
Knowing EA, they'd most probably try something like that, and unless they royally **** up again and cause an uproar, they'll slide down under the bar just like they always do.
EA's greed outweights even Disney. Worst that could happen would be them loosing their Star Wars exclusive deal, and they could live with that.

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21:20 Mar-26-2018

Unless their contract renewed, they will lose it sooner or later anyway.


That said, I doubt that will happen but who knows? I hope you are wrong tho.

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17:54 Mar-26-2018

Shame for Visceral, they've been working on that game for a decent amount of time just to see it be twisted, broken, and made into another money eating machine by their EA overlords.

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16:20 Mar-26-2018

I'm going to fill a petition just to ask North Korea to issue a nuclear attack towards EA servers, so maybe they will stop producing all this online-only garbage...

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16:49 Mar-26-2018

SPOILER ALERT: North Korea investors are holding the leash on EA xD

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15:44 Mar-26-2018

I'm sick of online only experiences, I want another massive single player RPG set in the star wars universe. Please, thank you

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16:48 Mar-26-2018

CD Project red is your next best hope, other studios like Ubisoft will turn it into an empty sandbox (with tiefighters & gungans...), Bethesda is kind of meh... and ofc, we all know that EA will be the worst possible outcome...
At this point, it would probably better if it wasn't titles as AAA and any other small studio tried it out (I think THQ Nordic could pull out something major & memorable)

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18:43 Mar-26-2018

lol bethesda is great just look at wolfenstein, fallout 4, skyrim...

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20:43 Mar-26-2018

I wouldn't want a Fallout/Skyrim styled game for Star Wars.
Besides, most first party Bethesda titles are broken as all hell and are later fixed by modders over the years. The story in FO4 sucked as well, as did the mechanics.

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20:51 Mar-26-2018

I thought it was great, only problem is that it sends my computer to its knees. Plus I don't actually own it. (Steam sharing; not piracy).

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06:50 Mar-27-2018

Bethesda made a few good titles, but then mushed it up with the sequels and most of their recent games tend to get blander and blander... idk, I don't have anything against the studio, I just hope their next titles are more interesting, because I'm sure they have the capability to do it if they try

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18:44 Mar-26-2018

Im sick of online too, i mean i play alone, and they are mostly offline story driven games, also because online games are just a cash grabber.

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15:41 Mar-26-2018

There is always going to be a catch if we are talking about ea, its not going to be: 60$ full game, no dlcs, nongrind gameplay, with innovation, no loot boxes.

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15:26 Mar-26-2018

Imagine what a company like CDPR could do with the license for the Star Wars universe. Instead we have EA...

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21:23 Mar-26-2018

Considering how long they take with their own titles, it would be a long wait in between releases. CDPR doesn't slouch on content.

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11:34 Mar-27-2018

I'm prepared to wait 10 years if it means they can deliver a game as great - or greater - than the Witcher series

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15:25 Mar-26-2018

Sorry, can't get excited for any Star Wars games or any game if it's done by EA.

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14:01 Mar-26-2018

Here's the link for anyone who wants to downvote EA's "sense of pride and accomplishment" comment on Reddit, It's Close to 700K downvotes. We should at least get it to 700K to make the record a little bigger, or better yet, we can give them a million downvotes Which is a great 7-digits number! breaking the voting ui on mobile even further. LOL XD XD

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15:02 Mar-26-2018

I think you can't downvote,cuz it's closed thread.

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15:19 Mar-26-2018

The thread is closed but you can still downvote, I just made an account and downvoted.

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13:56 Mar-26-2018

so many hate to EA, are y pips play games bec of others or bec of y self

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15:42 Mar-26-2018

what are you talking about?

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16:04 Mar-26-2018

everyone is hating micro transactions bec its give advantage to pips that buy them, so as i understood pips play games to show others that they are better then them and to some of them who dont want to pay for micro transactions this is disvantage and thats why they hate them right?
so pips hate it bec they dont want to lose i understand but still if i like the game i would continue to play it even if i am in disvantage , idk maby its bec i am not competitive type of player, in my opinion EA makes good game i didnt played Battlefront 1 and 2 but i saw others playing it and i liked gameplay, look so i would play it even if i am in disvantage

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16:23 Mar-26-2018

No, people hate MT's because it's a predatory and just greedy way for companies to take more money from players who've dared to buy the game in the first place. They're essentially punishing people who buy the game because some others had more money to spend.
Competitive games that give the edge to people spend more are not competitive games anymore.

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16:24 Mar-26-2018

Imagine a bike race in which people who spend more money are able to drive their motorcycles.
It simply loses the point, and it's a bad practice towards people who decided to go for it in the first place.

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17:47 Apr-01-2018

as usuall if your opinion is not same as of other people y got hate, but all i sayed is that as i see people play multiplayer games to show off to others how good they are not bec they like the game, my point is that i understand i dont like pay2win stuff as well but i like how games look and gameplay i will still buy it and play it and EA make good game but bec of micro transactions everyone hate them i understand that but still, i mean a lots of people play PUBG and Fortnite which is competitive games even tho they are full of hackers which is worser then to play against someone who have edge thanks micro transactions

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13:44 Mar-26-2018

Any words on the pricing of the damage boosting micro transactions yet?

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13:31 Mar-26-2018

Not gonna happen, EA needs to stop making games and just shut down their company. Their time is up.

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13:29 Mar-26-2018

I just can't get excited for this or anything that is mentioned / rumored regarding upcoming EA games, I have been let down far to many times :(

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15:37 Mar-26-2018

"i just can't get" No, i just dont, there are great devs which ships great games, EA is not great developer anymore.

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