No doubt you’ve seen the news Electronic Arts pushed out on Tuesday, but if you haven’t allow me to fill you in a bit:
In their collaborative deal with LucasArts, EA announced that Respawn Entertainment, the studio behind such all-star titles as Apex Legends and Jedi: Fallen Order, will be spearheading three new projects nested in the Star Wars universe. THREE. Of course, video games aren’t built in a day, but I expect we should be hearing more about these titles as the year goes on.
First up, we hit familiar territory with the sequel to Jedi: Fallen Order. Of the three projects announced, this one comes off as the least surprising. The 2019 action-adventure game drew largely positive reviews and even spawned a catchy tune in The Hu’s “Sugaan Essana”. Returning to spearhead the project is Game Director Stig Asmussen.
Next, we head into untitled territory with a First-Person Shooter, which brings veteran Peter Hirschmann up to bat. While we know next to nothing about this project, Peter is a Star Wars production vet, with a slew of titles under his belt; including The Force Unleashed, Battlefront: Renegade Squadron, and Star Wars: Empire at War.
Me? Give me something with Mandalorians, please. We’re seeing more and more Mandos in Star Wars media, why not bring them into the gaming space? We see armor represented in The Old Republic, but little elsewhere, unless you dig your way back to Bounty Hunter, which put Jango Fett into the spotlight all the way back on the GameCube and Playstation 2.
Rounding out this announcement, also as-of-yet untitled, a strategy game. Just as we don’t know a title or theme, EA also has not divulged any info on whether this will be turn-based or an RTS. Interesting thing, though? Attached to this project are Greg Foertsch and his studio, Bit Reactor.
Does the name “Greg Foertsch” sound familiar? He’s only been involved in the art direction of most any Sid Meier game from 1997 all the way up to 2017, including both XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Sid Meier’s Civilization IV. Strategy games are in his blood. His new studio, Bit Reactor, was formed in 2021, by Greg and other veterans from Firaxis Games.
Personally, while I loved Empire at War back in the day, I much more prefer the Real Time-style strategy games Firaxis has been known for in the past. If we happen to get something along the lines of XCOM, I would be ecstatic.
2022 looks to be the year of Star Wars. A bevy of series coming to Disney+, Star Wars: The Old Republic still going strong, the mobile game Star Wars: Hunters is due out this year, Eclipse was recently announced by studio Quantic Dream, and The High Republic seems to be hitting its stride after its 2021 release. However, I’m sure this unfortunately means that we won’t be seeing Battlefront III anytime soon, if at all.
Alright, folks, time to chime in. What are your thoughts? Any predictions? Hopes? Do you want more Star Wars or less? Let’s make a thing of it.