By Allison Watkinson
Big news for Star Wars fans, as Electronic Arts and Lucasfilm Games announced three new licensed video game titles in development from Respawn Entertainment.
Respawn Entertainment, best known for their work on Apex Legends, Titanfall and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, is leading the development and production of these new projects.
“We are excited to continue working with the superbly talented developers at Respawn,” said Douglas Reilly, VP of 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.”
Vince Zampella, group GM and founder of Respawn, will oversee this phase of EA’s licensing relationship with Lucasfilm. He will build on Respawn’s award-winning history in game development and expertise in telling compelling Star Wars stories.
Work has already begun on all three of the projects, and Respawn is looking for additional software talent to join the teams.
“We are huge fans of Star Wars here at Respawn and we’re thrilled to work with Lucasfilm Games on new titles that we have wanted to make for years,” said Zampella. “If you want to make great Star Wars games, you should come join us on our journey.”
Game Director Stig Asmussen and his team at the studio are working on the next game in the action-adventure Star Wars Jedi series.
They are joined by two new teams working to deliver additional unique Star Wars games across multiple genres.
Leading the development of Respawn’s all-new Star Wars first-person shooter game is Peter Hirschmann, Game Director at Respawn, who has a long and accomplished history with the Star Wars franchise.
Peter previously worked as VP of development at LucasArts, and was executive producer on the original Star Wars Battlefront games.
“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,” said Hirschmann.
The third upcoming title is a Star Wars strategy game developed through a production collaboration with the newly formed studio Bit Reactor.
Bit Reactor is helmed by games industry veteran Greg Foerstch. Respawn will produce the new Star Wars strategy game while Bit Reactor leads on the development of the title.
“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.”
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