EA’s Vancouver studio is advertising for multiple positions to work on a new Star Wars open world project. The listing was discovered by Gamespot, but EA has yet to make an official announcement about the game.
The job advert is not shy of hiding what EA is working on, saying the team needs a lead online engineer to, “lead a team to deliver Online features for a Star Wars Open World project." The job advert also mentions that the game will be multi-platform, and that the applicant must have experience with implementing matchmaking, asynchronous interactions, live services, and server-host migration.
The game sounds similar to the one that Viscera was working on before it closed. When the studio was shut, EA announced it wanted to make ‘pivotal changes’ to the game.
EA wanted to change the single-player experience to more of a games-as-a-service type model, with EA worldwide studios vice president Patrick Soderlund saying:
"Our Visceral studio has been developing an action-adventure title set in the Star Wars universe. In its current form, it was shaping up to be a story-based, linear adventure game. Throughout the development process, we have been testing the game concept with players, listening to the feedback about what and how they want to play, and closely tracking fundamental shifts in the marketplace. 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 owns the rights to the PC and console Star Wars games, but its last game Star Wars: Battlefront 2 was at the forefront of the microtransactions controversy. Disney even got involved and told EA to take microtransactions out of the game, so whilst they have the licence, Disney is not happy with them.