Upcoming Star Wars Open World Game Promises To Focus On “Player Agency”

EA's New Star Wars Game Will Focus On "Player Agency"

EA’s new Star Wars game has had quite the tumultuous history so far, with what was originally supposed to be a story-centric title now being touted as a more open-world, non-linear experience following the shuttering of Visceral Games. Now, with Visceral Games shut down and Amy Hennig having distanced herself from EA, the game has shifted over to EA Vancouver for development.

In a recent interview with Game Informer, Motive Studios’ Jade Raymond confirmed that the team at EA Vancouver is getting ready to work on the new Star Wars game, revealing that the team in place comes from a diverse background of games. “The core team there is super, super strong,” Raymond said. “There are people who had worked on Skate, SSX, and bunch of Need For Speeds back in the day, so there is a core group that was part of EA Black Box when that was a thing. It’s people who worked on a lot of non-sports stuff out of Vancouver over the years. There are people who worked on Sleeping Dogs, a bunch of people who worked on Prototype, some who worked on a new IP that was kind of open world. So, there is a mix of people from the original team and people who we supplemented.”

At another point in the interview, Raymond was asked how much of the work Visceral Games put into the title would carry on through the new studio. Raymond confirmed that there was plenty of good work from them, though they aren’t sure yet how much they will be using. “I don’t know how much we’re saying about that stuff,” she said, “but the goal is … We have three terabytes of Star Wars artwork, which is crazy, and there is a lot of really good work there.”

When we announced we were moving the game, the idea was pivoting more into player agency but still keeping a lot of the stuff that was great about it. There was a lot of really cool stuff like tons of assets and really cool characters that had been created. So, there’s the goal of making sure we use all that.”

There is understandably a considerable amount of doubt and concern swirling around EA’s new Star Wars game, though hopefully the folks at EA Vancouver can make something wonderful out of what was undeniably an awful situation for the folks at Visceral Games. For now, we’ll just have to wait and see.

So, thoughts on the new Star Wars game now in development at EA Vancouver? Do you have any faith left for the game? Let us know in the comments section below, and as always, stay tuned to Don’t Feed the Gamers for all the latest gaming and entertainment news! Don’t forget to follow DFTG on Twitter for our 24/7 news feed!

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Ryan is the Lead Editor for Don't Feed the Gamers. When he isn't writing, Ryan is likely considering yet another playthrough of Final Fantasy IX. He's also the DFTG cinnamon bun.


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