Electronic Arts yesterday made the big announcement of closing down the Visceral Games – the studio behind some of the biggest video game IPs such as Dead Space, Battlefield: Hardline. This was an unexpected from Electronic Arts and took every one of us by surprise. The announcement came via EA’s Patrick Soderlund, and he stated in a blog post: “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 to and enjoy for a long time to come, we needed to pivot the design.”
Soderlund further added that Visceral Games will be ramping down and closing and most of the members will be shifted to other projects and teams at EA.
Sadly, the blog post didn’t share any details on the future of the Star Wars game that Visceral Games was developing and what future lies ahead of Amy Hennig. Our friend at Kotaku got in touch with Peter Soderlund to get some details on the future of Star Wars game that Visceral Games was working on and this is what Soderlund replied: the game has been codenamed as “Ragtag”, and the development of it is now going to be led by EA Vancouver and Steve Anthony will be leading the team. You guys can read the full statement of Soderlund below.
“A development team from across Worldwide Studios will take over the 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. “
In a separate interview with our friend at Polygon, EA representative commented on the future of Amy Hennig. This is what the representative said: “We’re in discussions with Amy about her next move.”
In short, this is really a sad development, now we just have to keep our fingers crossed and hope that everything gets sorted out in next few months.