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EA closes Visceral Games, pivots upcoming Star Wars title

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Marshall Johnson
Oct 18, 2017 09:00
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Founded in 1998 as EA Redwood Shores, so named for its location in California's Redwood Shores near EA's headquarters, Visceral Games has been responsible for some of the company's biggest hits.

Since its founding in 1998, Visceral's output ranged from sporting titles like Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2000 to action fantasy games including The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and its sequel The Third Age.

It was the Dead Space third-person sci-fi horror franchise that will be best remembered, though, along with the 2015 multiplayer tactical shooter Battlefield Hardline.

Sadly for fans of Visceral's often visceral output, the company is no more.

'Our Visceral studio will be ramping down and closing,' explains EA's Patrick Söderlund in a blog post announcing the closure, 'and we’re in the midst of shifting as many of the team as possible to other projects and teams at EA.'

The biggest of these projects is an unnamed Star Wars action-adventure title, which was originally scheduled to launch in EA's 2019 financial year - a schedule which, the company admits, will now not be hit while the game itself is to be dramatically altered from the original vision.

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