EA Games announced on Tuesday that Respawn, the studio behind the popular Apex Legends and Titanfall franchises, has been assigned to create their next Star Wars FPS game. Respawn formerly worked on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, a game that was received with a very positive response from critics and Star Wars fans alike.
“Building on the previous successes of our EA relationship, this new collaboration highlights the trust and mutual respect shared between the world-class teams at EA, Respawn and Lucasfilm Games,” said Sean Shoptaw, SVP at Walt Disney Games. “Fostered by the expertise and passion within each team, we will create thrilling original games for diverse audiences across the Star Wars galaxy.”
According to EA's announcement post, the new game will be directed by Peter Hirschmann, who has served as a game director at Respawn for six years now and formerly worked with LucasArts as the VP of Product Development. Hirschmann said in a press release: “Working with Lucasfilm Games on a new FPS in the Star Wars galaxy is a dream come true for me, as this is a story I have always wanted to tell.”
“We are excited to continue working with the superbly talented developers at Respawn,” stated Douglas Reilly, current VP for Lucasfilm Games. “They have demonstrated excellence in telling epic Star Wars stories along with best-in-class gameplay across different genres and we are looking forward to bringing more amazing experiences to the galaxy far, far away.”
EA also announced two further Star Wars titles coming in the near future, one a follow up to the Star Wars Jedi series and the other a brand new Star Wars strategy game created by Bit Reactor, the studio best known for creating the iconic tactical game XCOM.
The news of the new games comes even as Star Wars: Battlefront 3 was reportedly canceled in late 2021. EA caused a huge uproar in the games community following the release of Star Wars: Battlefront 2, due to their loot-box-only progression system that many called a pay-to-win system. That controversy reportedly caused the EA stock price to drop 8.5 percent, nearly $3 billion dollars in value. So it is not a surprise to see the company pivoting to new titles with less infamy surrounding them.
Aaron is an esports reporter with a background in media, technology, and communication education.