With the return of Star Wars Battlefront, EA ensured that everyone’s favorite galaxy far, far away had regained a strong foothold in the world of video games. The title was acknowledged for its often-beautiful recreations of famous Star Wars settings and characters, but ultimately it was hampered by a distinct lack of a single-player campaign. But for those disheartened by what was missing from Battlefront, the publisher has plenty more games inspired by the franchise on the way.
In fact, EA has no less than three of its top studios currently working on new Star Wars titles. One of the most anticipated will come from former creative director of Naughty Dog Amy Hennig’s studio, Visceral Games. And while specifics of the title are not known at this time — though there are undoubtedly those who hope it is something akin to the canceled Star Wars 1313 game — Hennig’s crew aren’t the only high-profile team putting together a new title. In fact, the developers at Respawn — known for their work on Titanfall — have reportedly begun work on a third-person action-adventure game set within the Star Wars Universe.
In a recent blog post, Patrick Söderlund, executive vice president of EA Studios, broke the news about the studio’s role in the new game. That was followed by a post by God of War 3 director Stig Asmussen, who confirmed Respawn’s involvement and also expressed his excitement to be working in such a well-loved universe.
In his post, Söderlund said:
"They join our other great studios – Visceral Games, DICE, Capital Games, BioWare, Motive and more – who are currently working on Star Wars projects. 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."
With all those studios working on their own individual projects, fans could see a return of other much-loved Star Wars game series, such as Jedi Knight, Knights of the Old Republic, Rogue Squadron or even something in line with Force Unleashed. And with the recent announcement of Respawn's involvement in developing a new Star Wars title, one has to wonder whether or not the studio will have something ready to show at E3 this year.
Although he didn't mention anything to that effect, Asmussen did have this to say:
"We promise to pay respect to the Star Wars legacy at all times, a fact that will be constantly reinforced and honored as a central game design tenet. Fans should expect the exemplary level of quality first established at Respawn with Titanfall, a game that epitomizes our studio’s dedication to slick, larger-than-life action and fun, groundbreaking mechanics… developing a game within the ever-expanding Star Wars universe opens up so many paths for us to go down, and an unparalleled playground to design within. We have already planted the seeds by assembling a small, but incredibly talented team, ready for the amazing journey that lies ahead."
Interestingly, both blog posts made a point of acknowledging EA’s ongoing recruitment drives for their current Star Wars projects. A number of vacancies are still being advertised at Visceral, Motive, and Respawn studios and prospective candidates should visit the careers page to find out more information on how to apply.
In the end, both Söderlund and Asmussen's sentiments ring true, there has never been a better time to be a Star Wars fan, particularly if you’re also a gamer. If you’re not one of the players kept preoccupied with the stream of Battlefront DLC, you will be able to pick up LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens this summer before EA’s wave of brand new adventures are released.
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