Amy Hennig Talks Upcoming Star Wars Game Development

During  PAX West, Amy Hennig who is currently working at Visceral Games on a completely new Star Wars action-adventure game, gave some interesting insights into the development of Star Wars games. So we’re working really close, and I’ve been blessed to be working really close with the Lucasfilm story group and Doug Chang, who is their Art Director and Senior Creative Director over there, and that whole team, to say “what is Authentic Star Wars and how do we make more?” Because our project is an original story.” “You need guides, that have done it for a while and are also looking at everything else, because we’re part of the same sort of emerging track of properties that, like obviously seven, eight and nine, is evolving that story further, but films like Rogue One and the Han Solo one that is coming, even shows like Rebels and stuff like that… A lot…

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The Collapse Of Visceral’s Ambitious Star Wars Game

By now, you probably have already heard that the anticipated game was canceled. It seemed like a winner, a Star Wars take on Uncharted, published by Electronic Arts and developed by the longrunning studio Visceral Games. However, we know how it goes in the land of video games and it’s not unusual for one to get the chopping block, even when it seems it will be a hit. On October 17, 2017, employees of Visceral were told the company would be closing. This meant their ambitious Star Wars game would also get the axe. The project was called Ragtag. It was meant to be EA’s entry into the action-adventure market—a linear Star Wars story set between the episode IV and V movies that would compete with the likes of Uncharted and Tomb Raider. It was lead up by Amy Hennig, iconic writer, and director who is known for her work on the Uncharted games. The team at Visceral worked hard creating…

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Visceral studio closing down. Unnamed Star Wars game moved to EA Vancouver

EA posted an update on the VISCERAL Star Wars project late last night.   According to EA’s Vice President Patrick Söderlund, the studio is being closed down, and the game is being moved over to other EA studios, which will see the game through until its release. The Star Wars title was announced in 2013, and had that former Uncharted and Naughty Dog director Amy Hennig on the team, who was co-writing the title with Todd Stashwick. Posted by Patrick Söderlund Our industry is evolving faster and more dramatically than ever before. The games we want to play and spend time with, the experiences we want to have in those games, and the way we play…all those things are continually changing. So is the way games are made. In this fast-moving space, we are always focused on creating experiences that our players want to play…and today, that means we’re making a significant change with one of our…

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EA GM Gives An Update on Upcoming Visceral and Motive ‘Star Wars’ Video Games

It’s been a busy year for EA and I can totally relate since it seems the months are rushing by for me. That said, it’s good to hear from EA about upcoming projects and games. We got an update this weekend from Jade Raymond, the Group General Manager of Motive Studios and Visceral Games. It sounds exciting: “With EA PLAY right around the corner, I thought it would be a good time to update everyone on the world of Motive™ Studios and Visceral Games™.  Let’s get right to the point: we have awesome projects underway at both Motive and Visceral, and we are looking for some more amazing people to join our teams. Last year, I wrote that the only limitation we have as game developers is the team’s imagination.  I have always believed that to be true.  But what’s really hit me since launching Motive last July and growing our…

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EA Teases Future Star Wars Games and More

You know how we love Star Wars games and we know you do too. Now EA is giving some indication that we might have some more Star Wars games on the way soon. CFO Blake Jorgensen said this week that Battlefront, mobile game Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes, and free-to-play MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic did “extremely well” in 2015 and will continue to perform well in the time ahead. (via Gamespot) He then goes on to say that the sky is the limit for Star Wars games and the brand, which really is not a surprise to anyone at this point. EA has the license to the brand for the next 10 years and with the new films coming out as well, we can bet they will do all they can to make the most of this opportunity. “We see it as a great start–building a strong base of…

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Will Next Star Wars Game Be Open World RPG?

Shut up and take my money! It’s all but confirmed at this point but it would seem the world is getting another Star Wars game (squee!) In a job listing for a senior game designer posted through EA developer Visceral Games, more information has been revealed about the next title and we’re excited. Leading up the project we have Ubisoft producer Jade Raymond and Uncharted writer Amy Hennig. From the job listing: THE CHALLENGE AHEAD: BRING YOUR SYSTEM GAME DESIGN SKILLS AND SAVVY AND YOUR LOVE OF STAR WARS TO VISCERAL GAMES, EMBRACING AND CONTRIBUTING TO THE PROJECT VISION IN AREAS OF HERO CONTROL/MECHANICS, AI BEHAVIORS, COMBAT/WEAPONS, CLASS DESIGN, SKILLS/PROGRESSION, ENEMY DESIGN, STORY AND BOSS ENCOUNTERS. If that doesn’t get you excited, we don’t know what will. Basically, the job description confirms that this will be an open world action RPG. With a great team behind the project and an awesome idea in…

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New details on Visceral’s Star Wars game

  Any future Star Wars games will be coming from EA since they have taken over the rights to all licensed Star Wars games. Currently, Star Wars: Battlefront is being developed by DICE and they are known for their extremely popular Battlefield series. So far from what everyone has seen of the new game, it looks to be great. Visceral Games, which is also part of EA, is working on a Star Wars game. The studio of Visceral is most popular for making the third person shooter series that is Dead Space. Not too long ago, EA went on a spree to hire all-stars that are in the gaming industry. The most popular hires were Jade Raymond and Amy Hennig. Hennig is known for working at Naughty Dog while it was developing the first three Uncharted games and she was the head writer that was working on the story. She…

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Nolan North: Visceral’s Star Wars Game to be Like Uncharted

At MetroCon 2015, Nolan North did a Q&A session. He talked about Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End mainly but he also game some clues on the current Star Wars game that Visceral is working on. The most interesting part of the interview is when he gave details about the type of Star Wars game that Visceral is working on. He explained what Amy Hennig is currently working on. Amy Hennig is not at Naughty Dog any longer and is working on writing the story for the new Star Wars game. She stated that the game she is currently working on will “reboot a brand new Star Wars franchise.” It will also be done in the same style of Uncharted. The choice of words that North used is quite interesting. Rebooting a new franchise could mean Visceral has decided to create a game close to Star Wars 1313. However, that game…

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Electronic Arts Cuts Staff At Visceral Games To Focus On New Star Wars Title

According to Game Informer, it has been confirmed , that EA has laied off  a smaller number of staff over at Visceral. “We made a small staffing change in our Visceral studio today to support the needs of the studio’s two current development priorities: content for Battlefield Hardline Premium and an unannounced Star Wars project,” an EA representative told us via email.  “We are working to ensure the smoothest transition possible for the impacted employees.” Electronic arts did mention anything about Amy Hennig and Todd Stashwick, who are leading the work on a still not official named Star Wars game, so we don’t know if they are affected by these changes. EA declined to share specific numbers impacted by the change. In April, Visceral’s Steve Papoutsis left EA after 14 years. Scott Probst currently leads Visceral’s efforts, including work on follow-up content for Battlefield Hardline and the upcoming Star Wars game. [Via Jedi…

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