In 2013, Electronic Arts took full creative control over Star Wars games for the foreseeable future. Now, they've released a statement about their next project...sort of.
We still don't know what it is, exactly, but we now know this: Respawn Entertainment, the developer of Titanfall, has been working on the game for about two years now. What's more, Stig Asmussen, the director of the critically acclaimed God of War III, is heading up the project. EA has confirmed it as a third person action-adventure game, though beyond that, details are sparse.
Respawn is actively looking for more people to work on the game, suggesting that this project is still growing in scale. They've listed several concept art positions, as well as programmers and designers.
It's an exciting possibility, and makes you wonder what exactly they've got in store. Given Asmussen's history, one of the popular assumptions is a bounty hunter-centric game, though something in the vein of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed wouldn't be surprising either.
Patrick Soderlund, the Executive Vice President of EA Studios, said this in the earlier announcement (available in full here).
The passion we’re seeing for Star Wars from gamers – whether they’ve been along for the ride since Star Wars™: Episode IV: A New Hope™, or were introduced to the magic of Star Wars with Star Wars™: The Force Awakens™ – is fueling our development teams and our partners to create unique interactive extensions of this deep, meaningful universe. As a game maker, nothing is more exciting.
Asmussen released a personal statement on Respawn's website as well (it can be read in full here), in which he detailed his love for Star Wars and excitement at his involvement in a new Star Wars game. He also promised that it wasn't just fun and games-the team is taking this endeavor extremely seriously. "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."
We'll make sure to keep you updated with any new information coming our way about this and the other Star Wars games in the works. Until then, May the Fourth be with you.