October 19, 2017 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment
On October 17, EA announced the closure of Visceral Games, the developer behind games such as Dead Space, Battlefield Hardline, and Dante’s Inferno. This came as disappointing news to fans of Visceral’s titles… and also to Star Wars fans looking forward to the story-driven Star Wars game Visceral had in development.
We didn’t know a lot about Visceral’s Star Wars game, but what we did know was intriguing. It was a linear, story-driven action-adventure game set in between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. The creative director was Amy Hennig, most famous for her work on the Uncharted series, which led to much speculation that it would be an Uncharted-style game in the Star Wars universe.
Many fans theorized it might star Han Solo, while others viewed it as possibly the closest we’d get to the cancelled Star Wars 1313. Only a tiny amount of footage and concept art was ever shown, at E3 2016.
It was absent from E3 2017, with the official explanation being that this was Battlefront 2’s year.
With Visceral Games shut down, what will happen to their Star Wars game? In the official announcement, EA stated that the game will still be developed, but they are “making a significant change” to it.
Visceral’s project “was shaping up to be a story-based, linear adventure,” but with the change in developers, EA is “shifting the game to be a broader experience that allows for more variety and player agency.” They promise “a Star Wars adventure of greater depth and breadth.” EA Worldwide Studios and EA Vancouver will be working on it, and the new timeline is uncertain.
To fans looking forward to the game for exactly what EA described in its initial description, the news that it will now be broader and involve more player agency may not be a welcome one. At the very least, it will no longer be a linear game (or Star Wars Uncharted), and the wording makes it easy to imagine an open world or a “games as a service” model.
Whether it will still be heavily story-driven or not is unclear, and we don’t know if Amy Hennig will still be involved with the project. Either way, EA’s Star Wars game will certainly be different than what Visceral Games’ Star Wars game would have been.
How do you feel about the closure of Visceral Games and the planned changes to their Star Wars game? Were you looking forward to it before, and are you looking forward to it now? What do you think the final game will be like? Let us know in the comments.Tags: ea, pc, ps4, star wars, visceral games, xbox one
May 6, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment
It’s that time of year again, when everyone waits for E3 to arrive and passes the time by speculating over what titles might be shown off. Well, at its financial earnings call, EA made it known that it has 7 new games that will be shown at E3. One of these games will be released this year, while the remaining six will be released in years ahead.
The unannounced 2014 title is a mystery, since it can’t be any of the games we already know about (such as Mirror’s Edge 2 or Star Wars: Battlefront).
But speaking of Battlefront, EA confirmed that DICE’s Star Wars: Battlefront game will be shown at E3. Fans have been dying for a new Battlefront game for a long time, so we have high hopes for it. While we don’t know a lot of details yet, Star Wars: Battlefront is expected to have a 2015 release and appear on the PS4 and Xbox One, along with previous gen consoles and PC.
We can’t wait to see what EA has to show us. Battlefront, an unknown game for 2014, and at least 5 other games should all appear at E3. What are you looking forward to the most?Tags: battlefront, e3, ea, star wars
August 20, 2013 by Cheats.co Staff - Leave a comment
Microsoft already finished it’s press conference at Gamescom 2013 and now so has Sony. While we got a good look at all the games announced for the Xbox One, as well as those we can expect when the console launches, we still don’t have a launch date!
It’s always good to keep an eye on the competition though, and that’s why we’re letting you know that the Playstation 4 is going to be launched in the United States on November 15 and in Europe and Latin America on November 29.
Given that EA’s Peter Moore has also come out and said that neither of the next generation consoles will launch early in October, it looks like the maximum head-start that the Xbox One could have over the PS4 will be 15 days, if it launches on November 1. Speaking at Gamescom about the release date for Battlefield 4 (a next-gen launch title), Moore said:
… coming out October the 29th in North America, and October the 31st here in Europe… and to next gen shortly thereafter.
And so we wait…Tags: ea, launch, moore, november, october, ps4, release
August 1, 2013 by Cheats.co Staff - 1 Comment
Star Wars: Battlefront, the highly anticipated Star Wars-themed shooter currently being developed by DICE (the guys behind Battlefield) is set for a release date on the PS4, Xbox One and PC on a date far, far away we’re afraid.
Electronic Arts, on publishing duties for Battlefront, held it’s annual meeting recently and CFO Blake Jorgensen said that the game is looking like it will be released in summer 2015. He said that Battlefront “will most likely come out around the same time that the Star Wars movies start to come out, probably in the summer of ’15.” A new Star Wars movie, Star Wars Episode VII, is currently being made and due to be released in 2015.
EA had previously said that April 2014 would be the earliest possible time that the game would arrive.
We got a look at Star Wars: Battlefront at E3 earlier this year and yes, it’s looking awesome (see for yourself in the official preview video below). There’s gonna be a bit of a wait though…Tags: battlefront, dice, ea, star wars