The Daily Grind: Do you think EA is pivoting into a Star Wars pseudo-MMO?

Yesterday’s surprise revelation that EA was canning Visceral Games and “pivoting” the design of its in-progress Star Wars linear adventure RPG clearly struck a nerve around here, as we received a flood of mail about it (thanks guys!), and not because that game was an MMO but because of how EA justified the closure.

“It has become clear that to deliver an experience that players will want to come back to and enjoy for a long time to come, we needed to pivot the design,” EA VP Patrick Soderlund said. “Importantly, 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.”

If you read between the lines, the “market” has apparently told EA to scrap a single-player RPG in favor of something more persistent, more marketable, and very likely more multiplayer, especially since Soderlund name-dropped Anthem’s engine and then mentioned how Battlefront II “fuels [its] live service” in the franchise.

What do you think? Are we looking at another Star Wars pseudo-MMO in a few more years? And maybe more importantly, do you think EA’s implication that return-worthy – presumably connected, online games – are the only games worth building right now?

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Robert Mann

I think we are looking at SW, PUBG clone. EA is EA, they chase big money and do shady things.

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Nic

Regardless of how much I like Star Wars, I refuse to do give my money to EA for a while now.
The last EA game I bought was SWTOR.

I still have a SWTOR CE Box unopened since the day it arrived from Amazon.

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ProphetPX

Have you ever used the code on the SWTOR CE box? If not, would the code still be valid? And, if so, how much money do you want for it? :)

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starbuck1771

Give me Star Wars Galaxies 2.0

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Witches

Probably, EA is all about low quality for high profit, a SPG pretending to be an MMO with a crapton of microtransactions sounds like the right thing for them.

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Vexia

I bet it’s gonna be a battle royale game. :P Seriously, though, I guess I kind of get game industry/market bandwagoning in general, but there’s still a part of me that finds it baffling. Sure, there’s a lot to cash in on with pre-existing trends, but you’ll never be the next WoW, LoL, PUBG, etc. by doing that. Players will definitely tell, in a case like this, how the original game’s vision was sacrificed. Maybe riding the coattails is good enough?

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Eric Campbell

We all have Farmville to blame.

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Purewitz

As much as I’ve been enjoying SWTOR for 6 years now. I started playing during beta in October 2011. With that said though, ever since The Force Awakens came out. I’ve been wanting a Star Wars MMORPG set in-between the 30 year gap of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. I know we have gotten books and comic books on that time period already, but most people only watch the movies, watch the TV shows, and play the video games. So by making more video games set in that time period(Especially a MMORPG or Pseudo-MMO like Destiny.) would be more profitable and be seen by more eyeballs than any book or comic book. Although I’m not say they should stop making books and comic books, they should still be there for anyone who wants to delve deeper into lore and history of the galaxy far, far away.

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Solaris

I’d be up for a new Star Wars MMO in a heartbeat.

I am sad about the cancellation or redirection of the game Visceral was making. I was really looking forward to it.

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nobleeinherjar

EA canning Visceral is anything but a surprise. That’s exactly what EA does. They cannibalize a studio then shut it down.

SE was wrong about online-only being the future a few years ago when they were trying to chop their games up into little pieces and EA is wrong about it now. If there wasn’t a market for single player games, people wouldn’t be as upset as they are about Visceral closing.

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Robert Mann

Yeah, that market is huge. The amount of people who will buy into a solid single player game is probably higher than that of a multiplayer only game. It just has to be good and not monetized to Washington D.C. and back…

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NeoWolf

My guess would be that they are aiming more for a Destiny or Division’esque kind of set up personally.