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EA has announced that it’s ‘ramping down and closing’ Visceral Games, the studio behind the Dead Space trilogy and Battlefield Hardline. Visceral had been working on a highly anticipated story-focused Star Wars videogame, which was to be directed by Amy Hennig. This will currently be taken over by EA Vancouver. EA has said that the project will need to be ‘refocused’ as it seeks to shift ‘the videogame to be a broader experience’.
‘Our Visceral studio has been working on an action-adventure title set in the Star Wars universe,’ said EA’s executive vice president, Patrick Söderlund, in a blog post.
Söderlund said that, ‘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.’ This has resulted in the decision to move away from the videogame’s story-focused direction.