— EA Star Wars (@EAStarWars) January 25, 2022
While it’s been known that the studio, which has become a powerhouse at EA since developing Apex Legends, is likely working on a sequel to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, today’s blog post has confirmed that. The two other Star Wars games in development at Respawn are a first-person shooter and a strategy game, the latter of which is being created in conjunction with Bit Reactor, a recently formed studio comprised of veteran developers.
Respawn’s unnamed first-person shooter Star Wars project is being handled internally, with development being headed by Peter Hirschmann, a game director at the studio. Having served as the vice president of product development at LucasArts for nearly six and a half years, Hirshmann’s history with the Star Wars franchise runs deep. In his position, Hirschmann assisted in the production of multiple Star Wars titles, including the cult classic Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.
Meanwhile, the Star Wars strategy game being developed at Respawn is a collaboration effort with Bit Reactor. Having been founded less than a week ago, Bit Reactor isn’t new to strategy games. Its team is comprised of developers from Firaxis Games, the studio behind the XCOM franchise. Bit Reactor is going to lead development on the game while Respawn acts as a producer.
With so many new games in the works, it’s worth wondering what will happen to Respawn’s other games, namely Apex Legends and the Titanfall franchise. While Apex Legends is far too successful for its development to be halted in any way, the same can’t be said for the Titanfall franchise, which has laid dormant since Titanfall 2 was released in 2016. For the franchise, which many have been hoping would return, Respawn’s pivot toward Star Wars titles may be the final nail in the coffin.
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