In an announcement yesterday, EA confirmed that it was shutting down Visceral Games, the studio behind Dead Space.
Visceral was also working on a new Star Wars game, which has been moved to a different studio, and delayed until further notice.
According to VP of EA Patrick Söderlund, “Our Visceral studio has been developing an action-adventure title set in the Star Wars universe. 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 and enjoy for a long time to come, we needed to pivot the design.”
The game, which was supposed to be released in 2019, has no official time frame or release date. It was expected for the game to be one of the first dark, gritty Star Wars games, a notable departure from current games like Battlefront. Whether the game will continue to follow these themes is to be determined.
Visceral is the latest of studios that have been closed under EA, including Maxis, BioWare Montreal, and Westwood Studios.