EA’s Executive Vice President Patrick Söderlund made an announcement regarding the future of their upcoming Star Wars games. The upcoming story based Star Wars game that was originally planned for a 2019 release is still unnamed but it would seem that there has been some speed bumps in the development process.
Patrick Söderlund had this to say in a statement issued earlier today:
“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. We will maintain the stunning visuals, authenticity in the Star Wars universe, and focus on bringing a Star Wars story to life. Importantly, we are shifting the game to be a broader experience that allows for more variety and player agency, leaning into the capabilities of our Frostbite engine and reimagining central elements of the game to give players a Star Wars adventure of greater depth and breadth to explore.
This move leads to a few other changes:
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. 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.
Lastly, while we had originally expected this game to launch late in our fiscal year 2019, we’re now looking at a new timeframe that we will announce in the future.”
Former writer of the Uncharted series Amy Henning is behind the story of this upcoming title and there is no word yet if her script has survived this new revamp. Here is hoping that the changes will make for a great loot box, microtransaction free game.
More details as they become available.