New details have emerged regarding Visceral's highly-anticipated Star Wars game. Visceral Games -- the developers behind the Dead Space series and Battlefield: Hardline -- are one of Electronic Arts' (EA) three major internal studios working on a Star Wars game. Shortly after Disney acquired Lucasfilm five years ago, the Mouse House restructured George Lucas' former company, including shuttering its beloved gaming arm, LucasArts. Instead of co-developing future Star Wars games, Disney's interactive branch decided to license out the property in a multi-year exclusive publishing agreement with EA.
As part of that agreement, EA had commissioned three of its major studios -- DICE, BioWare, and Visceral Games -- as well as one third-party studio, Respawn Entertainment, to develop Star Wars games for the publisher. Unfortunately, there isn't much information about the games most of the developers are working on. Aside from few brief details, the only thing people know about Visceral's Star Wars game is that it's being produced by Assassin's Creed producer Jade Raymond and written by Uncharted writer Amy Hennig, as well as Todd Stashwick (12 Monkeys).
Although EA opted not to reveal any details regarding Visceral's Star Wars game at this year's E3 press briefing, new rumors have since surfaced online. According to Making Star Wars, Stashwick is not only co-writing the game but also performing motion-capture for the main character, currently code-named Dodger, who had dodged Imperial conscription and subsequently turned to a life of crime. Dodger appears to heavily resemble Han Solo, albeit with notable variations, including his weapon choices, such as the light whip.
Visceral's game has previously been revealed to take place within the timeline of the original Star Wars trilogy, shortly after the destruction of Dodger's homeworld of Alderaan as well as the Death Star, which the character utilizes as an opportunity to profit working for the likes of Jabba the Hutt. Although he's not exactly a hero, the report says that upon discovering what the Empire has planned for retribution, he's forced to come to terms with his past and help out the Rebel Alliance, as his wicked friends begin to turn on one another.
DICE's rebooted Star Wars Battlefront was the first game to come out of Disney's agreement with EA, and this year's Star Wars Battlefront II follows up as the second major game in the series. Considering that EA is focusing their attention on promoting Battlefront II, it seems unlikely that we'll get any new information on Visceral's Star Wars game this year, let alone anything regarding BioWare or Respawn's Star Wars games, since those games are scheduled to release for at least a few more years. Visceral's game, on the other hand, is due out next year.
Source: Making Star Wars
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