The Star Wars brand has seen its share of ups and downs with Electronic Arts, and a new report today seems to reaffirm that trend. EA reportedly canceled a spinoff of the Battlefront series last spring, but two more Star Wars games are still on the way.
Kotaku's Jason Schreier says that, according to interviews with six people familiar with inner workings at EA, a project code-named Viking was set to launch alongside the next generation of console hardware. It would have been a spinoff of the Star Wars: Battlefront series with open-world elements, developed by EA Vancouver with help from Criterion in London. Vancouver had previously been working on another reportedly cancelled Star Wars project before Viking.
At the bottom of the piece, Schreier says that two new Star Wars games are currently in development. One is a sequel to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order made by Respawn Entertainment, and the other a "smaller, more unusual project" at EA Motive.
Reports of a Fallen Order sequel aren't too surprising, given the game's huge success for both Respawn and EA. Motive has also teased potential projects in the past, though not much has been seen of the studio's project.
Respawn's Vince Zampella told USgamer at the 2020 DICE Awards that the Titanfall and Apex Legends developer wants to show its more than "just a one trick pony." When asked if Respawn could be exploring other genres in its future, he replied "maybe," but didn't elaborate.
With reports of the next Star Wars saga kicking off with a video game, the potential seems high for Star Wars games to really kick into gear. Now if only we could hear some more about what KOTOR is up to.