Electronic Arts has announced big plans to develop more Star Wars games, with its studios and partners developing three new games. This includes a sequel to Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, as well as a first-person shooter (being made by Respawn) and a strategy game from former XCOM devs.
Respawn game director Stig Asmussen is working on the next entry in the Star Wars Jedi series. Game director Peter Hirschmann will be taking on the first-person shooter. The third game–the strategy title–will be developed by the newly established studio Bit Reactor. Respawn will be producing this title, with Bit Reactor handling the development. However, EA has no plans to develop Battlefront 3.
According to reporter Jason Schreier, the new Jedi game might be released as soon as later this year, while the other two titles are “many years away.” In EA’s own press release, it called on developers to apply to the company’s open positions to work on the new Star Wars games.
“We are excited to continue working with the superbly talented developers at Respawn,” Lucasfilm Games boss Douglas Reilly stated. “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.”
Hirschmann was previously a VP of development at LucasArts, having produced the original Battlefront games. Work has only “just begun” on the new Star Wars FPS at Respawn.
According to reporter Jeff Grubb, Respawn’s new Star Wars FPS is being made by the same team that developed the VR game, Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond. However, this new title is not a VR title, and is more of a “traditional” FPS.
When it comes to Bit Reactor’s new Star Wars strategy game, nothing is really know about it, but production is being led by former XCOM and Civilization developers, including Greg Foertsch.
In total, EA has sold more than 52 million Star Wars games over the years have generated $3 billion, with the mobile game Galaxy of Heroes generating $1 billion in microtransactions on its own.
“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,” Walt Disney Games VP Sean Shoptaw said. “Fostered by the expertise and passion within each team, we will create thrilling original games for diverse audiences across the Star Wars galaxy.”
EA no longer holds the exclusive license for Star Wars games on console and PC. Ubisoft is developing its own new open-world Star Wars game, while Zynga is making a free-to-play shooter called Star Wars: Hunters. A Knights of the Old Republic remake is also in development for the PS5 and PC from Aspyr Media.