Come on EA! What were you thinking? First Star Wars 1313 a few years back when Disney acquired LucasArts and now this one?
Founded in 1998 originally as EA Redwood Shores, Visceral Games is best known for their works such as the highly successful Dead Space series and Battlefield: Hardline. However their biggest project before they were subsequently shut down was an untitled action-adventure Star Wars game; it is said that it would of been compared to the Uncharted titles in terms of story and gameplay.
Many fans were extremely excited to get a console-based action-adventure Star Wars game; when Star Wars 1313 was announced and alpha gameplay footage released, and rumored to be the first ever rated ‘M’ Star Wars game, fans were jumping with joy. That is, until Disney ripped our hopes away and cancelled the title once LucasArts was acquired by Disney, and then almost immediately terminated most of its staff and stopped producing games.
But there is a glimmer of hope here. The untitled Star Wars game is not cancelled; it has been revealed recently that the production and material will be handed over the EA Worldwide Studios and will continue development. But it is also said the title will undergo major changes too.
According to Patrick Söderlund, EA’s executive vice president,
“A development team from across EA Worldwide Studios will take over development of this game, led by a team from EA Vancouver that has already been working on the project,” Söderlund said. “Our Visceral studio 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.”
We probably won’t know what this ghost Star Wars title is for another couple of years; until then I guess we can hope that DICE and EA’s Star Wars Battlefront II will keep us busy for the time being.
RIP Visceral Games.