In celebration of Star Wars Day, May the fourth, Respawn Entertainment is announcing that it is working on a Star Wars project headed by Stig Asmussen.
On May the fourth, expect Star Wars news. Rarely does that build into any big announcements, but this year’s different. Respawn Entertainment, the development studio behind Titanfall, announced this morning that in partnership with EA they’ll be working on a new Star Wars project. The game will be a third-person action adventure title. No more details as to the direction or content of the game were provided. The story is just Respawn wanting to share its excitement.
Who made the announcement is perhaps just as exciting, or at least very interesting. In 2014 Stig Asmussen, the director of God of War 3 and longtime Sony Santa Monica employee, left the company and joined Respawn Entertainment. Last year Stig shared that he was working on a project at Respawn that was not Titanfall. Today’s reveal says that it is indeed Stig Asmussen who will be directing the newly announced Star Wars project.
Stig is understandably excited about his Star Wars project and embraced the expectations that go along with creating a game tied to such a beloved property:
“… it’s not all fun and games — 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. Moving forward, we couldn’t ask for a better universe in which to continue this journey.”
Describing the chance to develop a Star Wars title as a, “[o]nce in a lifetime opportunity,” it’s no surprise that Stig left the God of War team to pursue this project. It’s probably just as difficult for him to hold back details on his game as it is for players to go without.
One final detail was dropped by Stig towards the end of his statement, which said that he had assembled “a small, but incredibly talented team, ready for the amazing journey that lies ahead.” The fact that the project is being handled by a small team puts many limitations on the overall scope. For instance, a multiplayer project on the scale of Titanfall or Battlefront is certainly out of the question. Keeping in mind Stig’s background, the dev confirmed that the title will indeed be a third-person action/adventure romp set in a galaxy far, far away.
Everyone’s thoughts should immediately jump to Star Wars 1313, the 2013 LucasArts project which it would later take to the grave. Other ideas include a continuation of the Force Unleashed series or perhaps Bounty Hunter, which is kind of what 1313 was supposed to be too. Perhaps the answer is simple and the Respawn project is a Star Wars original. Hopefully Stig’s saving up a bigger reveal for E3. Why else would he make the announcement so early, right?
Respawn Entertainment’s Star Wars project currently has no tentative release window or planned platforms — for the time being. Expect more information in the months (and hopefully not years) ahead.