Last week it was announced that EA would close Visceral Games, moving the in-development and as yet untitled Star Wars game to another division. Former BioWare gameplay designer Manveer Heir discussed EA’s decision to close Visceral, believing EA have shifted focus to microtransactions with the aim of garnering returning customers and in turn consuming fresh content.
“The problem is that we’ve scaled up our budgets to $100M+ and we haven’t actually made a space for good linear single-player games that are under that,” he says. “But why can’t we have both? Why does it have to be one or the other? And the reason is that EA and those big publishers in general only care about the highest return on investment. They don’t actually care about what the players want; they care about what the players will pay for.”
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