EA Closes Visceral Games Branch in Australia
The International Game Developers' Association announced that EA has officially shut down the Australia-based satellite studio of Visceral Games. Formerly known as EA Redwood Shores, Visceral is responsible for developing the Dead Space series, and it has two additional branches in Canada and Australia. Located in the bustling city of Melbourne, the studio's closure now sees 21 unfortunate individuals without jobs.
Kotaku got in contact with an anonymous source who was able to delve deeper into the situation. According to this unknown individual, Visceral Games Melbourne had been working on a AAA title for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. This game had been in development for three years, but following the closure of the Australian studio, it appears it will now be placed in limbo.
The source went on to say that EA Games Label Vice President Patrick Soderland decided to axe the project.. According to Soderland, the game didn't appear profitable, so there was no reason to continue working on it. It's possible that this untitled game will be resurrected somewhere down the line, but we won't know anything for sure until EA announces it.
It's always a bummer when a game studio closes down, even if it is a small branch within a larger developer. GameZone would like to wish the very best to the 21 individuals who were a part of the Visceral team.