When Electronic Arts acquired the rights to make Star Wars games back in 2013, everyone was expecting the company to think big with the property. Star Wars: Battlefront from DICE isn't the only game on the horizon, though the others remain unrevealed. EA today announced that Respawn Entertainment has been signed to develop a third-person action adventure game set in the Star Wars universe.
"At EA right now, we have multiple studios building a variety of great Star Wars games spanning different genres. Today, I'm thrilled to be able to announce that EA and the talented team at Respawn Entertainment have expanded our relationship to include the development of an all-new 3rd person action adventure game set in the Star Wars universe," wrote EA Studios executive vice president Patrick Soderlund.
"Over the past few years, I've had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with Vince Zampella and his group. Their obsession with making games that feel amazing has helped make Titanfall one of the most successful new game launches of this generation. And now, with a new team led by Stig Asmussen, we get to see what they can do when you combine that great attention to gameplay with the power of Star Wars."
If the name Stig Asmussen sounds familiar that's because he is well-known for his work on the God of War series while at Sony Santa Monica. Asmussen began in the art department as lead environment artist and art director, ultimately becoming the game director for God of War III. He was working on a unknown project at Sony Santa Monica, which was rumored to have been cancelled during a round of layoffs in 2014. Asmussen joined Respawn in June 2014, apparently to lead the team behind this Star Wars game.
"For me, just typing these words is surreal," wrote Asmussen in a Respawn blog. "I have been playing Star Wars games my whole life, now I get to make a Star Wars game. On top of that, I get to do it at Respawn, a studio comprised of the most talented collection of game makers, creators, visionaries, and (most importantly) advocates for the player, that I have had the good fortune to work with. And we, like you all, have no shortage of Star Wars passion."
Respawn Entertainment is currently hiring to build out its Star Wars team.
This is not the only third-person Star Wars project rumored at EA. Visceral and Motive are supposedly working on another third-person adventure title, based on the piracy side of the Star Wars universe. Uncharted writer Amy Hennig is the creative director on that project. Capital Games is the developer behind the mobile title Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes. Bioware currently has Star Wars: The Old Republic, but it's reportedly also working on a standalone Star Wars game. That means players have at least three Star Wars titles on the horizon.