Star Wars Open-World

EA’s many Star Wars projects are continuing to come out of the dark, and one of them may be taking an open-world approach.

After EA announced a future without Visceral Games last October, fans have been wondering what exactly the publisher has planned for the rebooted game that was left in the ashes of the critically acclaimed Dead Space developer. Thanks to a recent job listing for a Lead Online Engineer on EA’s job site, speculation has been ramped up to full power.

“Lead a team to deliver online features for a Star Wars open-world project,” reads the job listing’s description.

Those willing to take on the position would be located at EA Vancouver’s studio, giving some insight as to where the game will be coming from. Additionally, the listing references ‘online services’ such as matchmaking and live services. EA Vancouver is also looking for a Senior Creative Director to help guide the creation of “compelling, innovative and immersive Star Wars experience.” However, further details about the nature of the project are not included in either of the listings.

When Visceral was closed last year, EA only left vague hints as to the game’s new direction at EA Worldwide Studios.

“We are shifting the game to be a broader experience that allows for more variety and player agency, leaning into the capabilities of our Frostbite engine and reimagining central elements of the game to give players a Star Wars adventure of greater depth and breadth to explore,” EA Executive Vice President Patrick Söderlund said late last year.

Now, an “adventure of greater depth and breadth to explore” is suddenly clearer thanks to this new job posting’s focus on an open-world Star Wars game.

The game’s title, specifics, and release date are still unknown, and this listing could potentially be for an entirely different Star Wars game than the one by Visceral, but the verbiage used in the Visceral closure post and the job listings are too similar to ignore.

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Michael Cripe
Michael fell into the OnlySP team toward the end of 2017. You’ll mostly catch his work over in the news area, but that doesn’t mean he won’t dip into the features section every now and then. For him, gaming doesn’t get much better than Metal Gear Solid and Super Mario Sunshine. Though he is a die-hard Nintendo fan, he grew up on PlayStation.

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