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EA shuts down Visceral Games, devs behind Dead Space and upcoming Star Wars project

We were not expecting this today, but EA is shutting down Visceral Games, the studio behind games like Battlefield Hardline and Dead Space, the publisher said.  The Star Wars game that has been in development at Visceral will be revamped and move to a different studio, EA says.
“Our Visceral studio has been developing an action-adventure title set in the Star Wars universe,” EA’s Patrick Söderlund said in a blog post. “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.”
Patrick Söderlund added that Visceral will be “ramping down and closing” and “we’re in the midst of shifting as many of the team as possible to other projects and teams at EA.”
“Lastly,” he said, “while we had originally expected this game to launch late in our fiscal year 2019, we’re now looking at a new timeframe that we will announce in the future.”
The upcoming Star Wars game was codenamed Ragtag:
“A development team from across Worldwide Studios will take over development of Ragtag, led by the EA Vancouver team that has already been working on the project. Steve Anthony will lead this team, and we will use much of the work that has been done to date by Visceral – the assets of Ragtag that have already been built will be the foundation of this new game.”
Visceral Games also worked on Battlefield Hardline and Dead Space.
Stay tuned for more updates about EA.

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