EA on Visceral's Cancelled Star Wars Game, "Too Linear"

30 Novembre, 2017, 13:08 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • EA Shut Down Visceral’s Star Wars Game Because it Was Too Linear

Remember when EA canceled the Visceral Star Wars game and people freaked out about it signalling the death of single-player games? Electronic Arts (EA) has often exclaimed interest for the games-as-a-service model but was linearity really an issue when it comes to Visceral Games? We got a brief teaser which suggested we'd play as a bounty hunter, or at least a non-Jedi space scalliwag of sorts.

According to a report from DualShockers, EA has finally come out to with more details on why they made a decision to close Visceral Games.

Either way, it does point to the demise of the single-player game - coming from EA.

Speaking at the Credit Suisse 21st Annual Technology, Media & Telecom Conference yesterday, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen explained the company's reasons for closing Visceral and axing the game. And the game they were making was actually being supported by a team in Vancouver and a team in Montreal because of that sub-scale nature. That's why Visceral is no more, that's why EA now wants to find more ways to monetize it and that's why it will reboot the project.

"We were building a Star Wars action game in our Redwood Shores office (Visceral Games)". "Over the last five or six years, [Visceral Games] had shrunk in size", Jorgensen said.

EA on Visceral's Cancelled Star Wars Game,

He further added that the studio was "sub-scale" and had only around eighty employees, which is insufficient for a project at such a massive scale.

"We made the tough decision to shut down that game team and take the parts of that game, and today we're looking at what we're going to do with those", Jorgensen said.

Right now EA is taking a closer look at the game so that they can revamp it into a more online-focused project, and we can only wonder what the turn out may be. Will we make the game in a different style or at a different studio, will we use parts of the game in other games? "We're trying to go through that today".

"But it was an economic decision at the end of the day".

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