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Topic: EA Shuts Down Visceral Games, Studio Behind the Upcoming 'Un...
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Location: Melbourne, Victoria

With the future of the game's director and writer of the Uncharted series Amy Hennig still unclear. Development on the cinematic Star Wars title hasn't ceased but moved to EA’s worldwide studios, which means the team behind the FIFA series will pick up the pieces. A strange an unexpected turn of events that gets even stranger when you read EA executive VP Patrick Söderlund's post on the matter.

Where he states the following.
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.

And then this.
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 re-imagining central elements of the game.

Now, even though we don't know the history behind the development of the game or what the feedback was from testing, this could be read as 'the idea of a 15 hour single-player adventure doesn't gel with keeping players engaged like loot boxes and multiplayer do'.

Which was what made Dead Space 3 so terrible, the inclusion of co-op and multiplayer into a series that was all about sci-fi survival horror. It felt of like feature creep at the time from a publisher looking to cash in on what was popular. Also a Visceral title. And yeah, as the studio behind the excellent Dead Space is now closing down this is sad news. Especially when it's starting to sound like Star Wars meets Uncharted, according to EA, is not what players want.

We wanted it.

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Location: Cairns, Queensland

courtesy reddit
Posts: 4057
Location: Queensland

The track record is pretty clear, if you sell-out to EA or Activision you shouldn't expect your studio to last.

Also not 100% sold on the idea that this is about loot boxes and multiplayer, it might be but that is surely what Battlefront is for. I'm thinking this is more simply because linear experiences are no longer really accepted by audiences and I think especially for a Star Wars title people want the chance to have their own adventures in that universe as opposed to have that adventure scripted for them.
Posts: 2911
Location: Melbourne, Victoria

Deadly you're right, and I was being a little on the nose there. But it was sold as the dream of uncharted meets star wars... with the game headed up by the lead writer on that series... I'm not sold on the idea that single-player games can't be successful...
Steve Farrelly
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Location: Sydney, New South Wales

Most of the best part of the Dead Space and Dead Space 2 team had already left to form Sledgehammer, so what we got with Dead Space 3 was also because the top talent had already departed and no one really knew how to guide the third game properly, allowing EA marketing geniuses to feature creep the s*** out of it.

Still, it sounds more like they might be looking to go more open-world with this, and I have no problem with an open-world single-player adventure game within the Star Wars universe running on Frostbite.
Posts: 19147
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
so is this is the dreaded EA or star wars/lucasarts curse at play?
Posts: 2913
Location: Melbourne, Victoria

hah! I know right... looks like a single-player star wars title is destined to be a thing of the past...
Posts: 490
Location: Rockhampton, Queensland
reading the bit of email from EA executives is f***ing cringe. rip visceral

its more profitable to have just a few dev teams extend the life of a couple of games with microtransactions than have more games in production.

shadow of war has microtransactions for a SP game. wont be long before everyone else will start doing it. all future games will revolve around microtransactions. if a dev cant figure out a way to monetise some in game bulls***, it wont get published and creativity will die

fifa is now all about which dumb c*** wants to spend the most money on player cards for ultimate team.
i hope ea burns to the f***ign ground
Posts: 23923
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

It's all this "games as a service" stuff, gotta find ways to keep people paying. By far the worst trend in gaming
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Location: Brisbane, Queensland
my dream of deadspace 4 dies here :(

for the record... i did not think deadspace 3 was terrible. i think the co-op was fkn awesome.

last edited by demon at 18:34:52 19/Oct/17
Posts: 2790
Location: Queensland

I am going to assume that some bean counter there saw that there were no microtransactions or Horse Armour type DLC and decided to change it. Unless they are going to change the game to be some sort of RPG with large bits of DLC content, that might be alright. I worry that we will see "Han Solo outfit - $3.99" though.
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