In a joint statement with Lucasfilm Games, publisher Electronic Arts (EA) announced three new Star Wars games in development.
All three games are under the oversight of Respawn Entertainment, the EA subsidiary in charge of franchises like Apex Legends and Titanfall, with Vince Zampella, founder and general manager of Respawn at the helm of a “new phase” of EA’s relationship with Lucasfilm.
The first game to be officially confirmed by the announcement is the next installment in the Star Wars Jedi series, that is to say the sequel to Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order, the Metroidvania-like action adventure that released to generally favorable reception back in 2019. Creative director Stig Asmussen returns for this sequel.
The second game to be revealed is an “all-new Star Wars first-person shooter game,” under the direction of Peter Hirschmann. Hirschmann previously served as VP of development at LucasArts and was an executive producer on the original Star Wars Battlefront games. Work has just commenced, so no further details were supplied.
The third game is “a Star Wars strategy game” being developed as a collaboration with Bit Reactor, the newly formed studio established in Maryland by former Firaxis devs. The project is being led by Greg Foerstch, who served as art director on 2012’s XCOM and its sequels and spin-offs, including 2017’s XCOM 2 War of the Chosen.
In 2013, EA signed a deal with Lucasfilm to acquire exclusive rights to develop, produce and publish core games based on the Star Wars license. The extent to which the 2013 deal bore fruit has been the subject of debate, as in the 9 years, EA released Star Wars Battlefront in 2015 and a sequel in 2017, Star Wars Squadrons in 2020 and the aforementioned Fallen Order in 2019.
While the announcement makes no reference to the 2013 deal, or whether or not the terms of that deal expired and were revisited, it appears to be a renewal of sorts between the two companies.
“We are excited to continue working with the superbly talented developers at Respawn,” said Douglas Reilly, VP, Lucasfilm Games. “They have demonstrated excellence in telling epic Star Wars stories along with best-in-class gameplay across different genres and we are looking forward to bringing more amazing experiences to the galaxy far, far away.”
“Building on the previous successes of our EA relationship, this new collaboration highlights the trust and mutual respect shared between the world-class teams at EA, Respawn and Lucasfilm Games,” added Sean Shoptaw for Walt Disney Games. “Fostered by the expertise and passion within each team, we will create thrilling original games for diverse audiences across the Star Wars galaxy.”
One of the apparent intentions of the announcement is to recruit talent to join the teams being put together for these new games. “We are huge fans of Star Wars here at Respawn and we’re thrilled to work with Lucasfilm Games on new titles that we have wanted to make for years,” said Vince Zampella. “If you want to make great Star Wars games, you should come join us on our journey.”