What you need to know
- EA is losing the exclusive license to Star Wars video games in 2023.
- EA and Respawn Entertainment will continue to work on Star Wars games.
- Respawn Entertainment is now developing three new games, including a Star Wars Jedi game.
Publisher Electronic Arts and developer Respawn Entertainment are partnering with Lucasfilm Games on three new Star Wars games, as shared on Tuesday. These games include a new Star Wars Jedi title, as well as a first-person shooter and a strategy game.
Respawn is developing the new Jedi game and the shooter in-house, while the team is partnering with developer Bit Reactor on the strategy game. Bit Reactor is a new team founded by veterans of Firaxis who have worked on the XCOM series. This "new phase" of EA and Respawn Entertainment's partnership with Lucasfilm Games is being overseen by Vince Zampella, founder of Respawn.
It's currently unclear if this new Jedi game will be a direct sequel to Respawn's prior effort, though it seems likely. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order launched in 2019 to critical acclaim and commercial success, reaching over 10 million players in the months following release.
"We are excited to continue working with the superbly talented developers at Respawn," said Douglas Reilly, VP of Lucasfilm Games. "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."
EA is losing the license to exclusively develop Star Wars games, as Lucasfilm Games seeks to partner with developers around the world. Ubisoft Massive is working on an open-world Star Wars game, while Quantic Dream's Star Wars: Eclipse was revealed at the Game Awards 2021.
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