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Visceral Games’ Star Wars Project is Something “Very Cool”, Can’t Wait to Show it Off

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2015 seems to be the year that will revitalize the mainstream Star Wars franchise both in theaters and the gaming world. DICE is currently working on a new Star Wars: Battlefront, while both Visceral and Bioware are developing Star Wars related projects of their own.

While we don’t know much of anything regarding any of the upcoming Star Wars titles, Visceral Games’ Amy Henning and Todd Stashwick both seem to be quite excited about what they’re working on. Both Stashwick and Henning have responded to a few Twitter users regarding their upcoming game at Visceral, which Henning says she hopes to show off soon.

Stashwick responded to another Twitter user noting that the game they’re making is “something very cool” and a game that he personally would like to play himself. After all, if you’re not excited to play the game you’re working on, it would be a concern, so it’s good to hear their excitement for the project and that it’s coming along well.

E3 isn’t too far off now, and while we already know we’ll be seeing Star Wars: Battlefront this year, it’ll be interesting to see if Visceral’s Star Wars game will be revealed as well. We’re still secretly hoping it’s a Star Wars 1313 revival, but who knows. At least with Stashwick and Henning on board with the project, we can expect a well-written storyline to say the least.

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LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Technology Will Deliver a ‘Brand New Way to Explore the Entire Saga’

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LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will benefit from modern technological capabilities leading to a whole new project rather than just remastering older episodes.

In an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, James McCloughlin game director at TT Games discussed the studio’s technological progress regarding game design compared to 15 years ago. McCloughlin confirmed that instead of remastering episodes one to six, the studio is developing a whole new experience to align with current player standards.

“We wanted to create a new Star Wars game which was designed without the technical restrictions of the older games—mainly episodes one to six—and since then we have learned so much as a studio.” He continued, “The older Star Wars games were great for that generation of gamers, but now players expect and need a lot more freedom in their play. With this game we hope to give players a brand new way to explore and enjoy the entire saga.”

One of the main features expected to dramatically change will be the size and scope of episodes one to six. McLoughlin highlights that player freedom is one of the biggest expectations of gamers and cited his experience working on Shadow of Mordor, Shadow of War, and the Batman Arkham series.

“Freedom is a massive part of modern games—since the days of the cantina [in the early Lego Star Wars games], we have designed and developed over-world spaces from Middle Earth to Gotham City all with different challenges and hurdles to overcome. This game should be an amalgamation of all of what we have learned so far as a studio.”

Furthermore McLoughlin explained that TT Games monitors consumer reception to its games, so after The Skywalker Saga is released the studio will consistently evaluate players’ reactions (both good and bad): “We now have a greater toolset to evaluate play through analytics and user testing that just wasn’t as readily available 15 years ago,” he explained. “We can now very easily target sectors of play and enhance the areas we know get the most traffic, to help make the entire experience great from start to finish.”

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is set to release in 2020 for PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One. OnlySP’s Mike Cripe got to see the game in action at E3, finding that it may yet be as good as the highly anticipated Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

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