Apex Legends maker Respawn is working on not one, not two, but three new Star Wars games – including what sounds like a turn-based strategy.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 2 has been an open secret for years now, but it’s never been officially confirmed and there’s certainly been no screenshots or videos of it. There still isn’t, but surprisingly developer Respawn has been revealed to be working on not just that game but two other Star Wars titles as well.
Referred to only as ‘the next chapter in the Star Wars Jedi story’, God Of War 3 director Stig Asmussen will once again take the helm, but other than that there’s predictably little information on Fallen Order 2.
The first person shooter project is being overseen by Respawn game director Peter Hirschmann, who was previously vice president of development at LucasArts and executive producer for the original Star Wars: Battlefront series.
There’s no confirmation that the new shooter is anything do with Battlefront but at most it seems it’ll only be a spin-off, as DICE isn’t mentioned in the announcement and recent reports suggest EA passed on the chance of making Battlefront 3.
‘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’, says Peter Hirschmann – which implies that the new game is focused on narrative rather than multiplayer.
The strategy game is a co-production with new studio Bit Reactor, which is headed by Greg Foerstch who worked on the design of Sid Meier’s Alpha Centurai and as an artist on many other Firaxis titles, including the XCOM series.
That strongly suggests that whatever the game is, it’s turn-based – which sounds great already.
Although the language used is ambiguous, EA seems to be implying that all this is a result of extending their licensing deal with Lucasfilm Games, although there’s no mention of for how long.
That’s quite a turnaround from the dark days of Battlefront 2’s launch, when the licence was suddenly shared amongst other publishers and there was talk of EA losing it altogether.
All three new Respawn games are currently in production, with some rumours suggesting that Fallen Order 2 may even make it out this year. The other two will probably be later but there’s now a chance all three could be revealed at the Star Wars Celebration event in May.
Update: In an interesting twist, The Verge claims that these three will be the last Star Wars games from EA. The implication is that it’s so they can concentrate on their own IP, but if so it’s unclear why they went to the trouble to extend the licence for two further games, beyond Jedi Order 2.
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