Today is May the 4th, which has no astronomical significance whatsoever (as leading astrophysicist and human Anti-Joke Chicken macro Neil deGrasse-Tyson might say). It also doesn’t really have anything to do with Star Wars either, but well, #brands gotta #brand.
Thus, Respawn Entertainment — a studio founded by Call of Duty ex-pats Jason West and Vince Zampella, and notable for its debut title/soon-to-be-franchise Titanfall — chose today to announce it has joined the small roster of developers under Electronic Arts selected to produce Star Wars-licensed titles. The game is described as a third-person action/adventure, which honestly tells us next to nothing, but game director Stig Asmussen (of God of War fame) has no shortage of enthusiasm for the project at least.
“The entire company erupted in cheers when it was announced that this would be our next endeavor,” Asmussen writes in an announcement post on Respawn’s official blog. “For me, just typing these words is surreal. I have been playing Star Wars games my whole life, now I get to make a Star Wars game.”
The post doubles down on nostalgia, relating Asmussen’s childhood encounter with the first Star Wars film and promising players an “exemplary level of quality” from the studio. It’s light on actual details, unfortunately.
“Developing a game within the ever-expanding Star Wars universe opens up so many paths for us to go down,” Asmussen’s post continues, “and an unparalleled playground to design within. We have already planted the seeds by assembling a small, but incredibly talented team, ready for the amazing journey that lies ahead.”
Asmussen adds that the company is staffing up to meet the demands of development, which presumably is happening concurrently with the recently-teased Titanfall 2. Neither game currently has a release window.