Visceral Games, known for titles like Dead Space, was closed by EA last year and around the same time, it was announced that a Star Wars game the studio had been working on was basically cancelled and being taken over by EA Vancouver. EA's reasoning for the move was that it felt the game was too linear. Since then, there hasn't been much news regarding that title and it now seems some light has been shed on it.
Speaking with Eurogamer at the Gamelab conference taking place in Barcelona, Amy Hennig, who created Uncharted and was working on Visceral's Star Wars game, provided some information. She stated that the story her and Visceral had been working on was shelved and that the Star Wars game EA Vancouver is now working on is "something pretty different" from what she had originally envisioned and started work on.
She also briefly mentioned that she is no longer with EA and has not been with the company since January, which she also posted on her Twitter. She is currently working on opening her own independent studio and not working on anything Star Wars related. Earlier this year, she talked more in-depth about the closure of Visceral and EA's decision to cancel the studio's Star Wars game and move it over to EA Vancouver.
To clarify, I left EA six months ago, shortly after the closure of Visceral (along with most of the team). The story we were crafting has essentially been shelved, but EA Vancouver’s Star Wars game is still very much alive, and I wish my colleagues there nothing but the best. https://t.co/fjQkUQat7F— Amy Hennig (@amy_hennig) June 29, 2018
Many were excited at the prospect of a single-player focused game in the Star Wars universe, especially after Disney cancelled Star Wars 1313 shortly after it acquired the Star Wars franchise. One of the big reasons for this, is that there hasn't been a Star Wars game that was a single-player, story-driven experience in a while. The most recent games in the universe, like Star Wars Battlefront 2, have been primarily multiplayer experiences.
The title EA Vancouver is working on isn't the only Star Wars game EA has planned, though. At E3, a brief trailer was shown off announcing that Respawn, the studio behind Titanfall, was working on a Star Wars title, too. Not much information was given on the game, outside of its title, release window and that it takes place between Episodes 3 and 4. The game is called Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order and is expected to release holiday 2019.
Star Wars is currently in development at EA Vancouver for undisclosed platforms