Respawn Entertainment, the developers behind Titanfall, have announced a partnership with EA to develop a new Star Wars video game. Respawn is the latest developer to work with EA, which has a deal with Disney to produce games based on the Star Wars property. They join other developers like DICE, Visceral Games, and BioWare to work with EA on Star Wars games.
Former God of War director Stig Asmussen wrote a letter on Respawn’s official blog, announcing the news. From the letter, it sounds as though the company will be making this upcoming Star Wars game a top priority, alongside their Titanfall sequel. He describes the game as a third-person action/adventure game, which is unexpected for a studio with a long history with mainly first-person shooters.
I am happy to announce our partnership with Electronic Arts and Lucasfilm to deliver a whole new adventure to the galaxy.
We’ll be making a third-person action/adventure game set in the Star Wars universe.
There are currently too many Star Wars videogames to count, but knowing that the studio is developing a third-person title gives a few insights into the nature of the project. The most recent attempt to build a third-person Star Wars game came in the form of the now defunct Star Wars 1313 which was supposed to be a third-person adventure game starring Boba Fett.
Respawn Entertainment is comprised of members of the former Infinity Ward team that was responsible for creating the Call of Duty franchise. They moved on to form their current company, and with it their high-profile Titanfall franchise. A hybrid between a first-person shooter and mech combat game, Titanfall was unlike many first-person shooters because of its nimble gameplay that emphasized speed and aerial acrobatics, along with heavy robot combat.
This might serve their upcoming Star Wars games well as traditionally, third-person Star Wars games typically emphasized the same sort of nimble combat, whether as a Jedi (Star Wars: The Force Unleashed) or as a bounty hunter (Star Wars: Bounty Hunter). While choosing a developer famous for their first-person shooters might seem unorthodox, Respawn’s history of genre hybridization, and Asmussen having directed one of the best third-person franchises on the PlayStation, could make for a varied and stellar Star Wars experience.