For fans of "Star Wars" video games, who have been feeling consistently burned for literally the past decade, this May the Fourth comes with some potentially awesome news.
Respawn Entertainment, a game development company created by the original founders of Infinity Ward, are working with publisher EA on the next big third-person "Star Wars" game.
Infinity Ward, of course, is the developer behind the "Call of Duty" franchise, who had a high-profile shakeup with Activision in 2010. After the release of "Modern Warfare 2," considered by many "CoD" fans to be the last great entry in the franchise, series creators Jason West and Vince Zampella were ousted from the company. Shortly after, almost 40 developers from Infinity Ward joined West and Zampella at their newly founded studio Respawn Entertainment. Respawn quickly partnered up with EA, and "Titanfall" was born.
This brings us to the present day, where we relish in "Star Wars" and get juicy details on new projects in that universe. EA and Respawn jointly announced the new game today, with "God of War III" creative director Stig Asmussen joining the fold.
"Over the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with Vince Zampella and his group," EA Studios executive vice president Patrick Söderlund said. "Their obsession with making games that feel amazing has helped make 'Titanfall' one of the most successful new game launches of this generation. And now, with a new team led by Stig Asmussen, we get to see what they can do when you combine that great attention to gameplay with the power of 'Star Wars.'"
The key point of all this is the "third-person" tidbit. It's been 12 years since the last "Jedi Knight" game, which is considered by many fans to be the last great third-person action series in the "Star Wars" universe. While the "Knights of the Old Republic" series technically fell within the third-person view, all signs point to this upcoming game being purely action driven.
"This is the opportunity of a lifetime," Asmussen said. "On the surface this might sound a bit dry, but developing a game within the ever-expanding 'Star Wars' universe opens up so many paths for us to go down, 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. With this in mind we are looking to expand the dream."
Could this be a new series entirely, or a new entry in the "Jedi Knight" series, perhaps even set in the new era? Fans are clamoring for a solid lightsaber action game, and with Asmussen's name attached to the project, it certainly sounds like we may be getting it at long last.
This is not to discredit "The Force Unleashed" series from the early 2010s, which in spite of its setting and gameplay was way more of a physics showcase with simplistic controls than a hardcore action game. And we won't approach the flimsy, now ret-conned story.
Until more details come, we'll relish in the excitement. This is A-level talent and enthusiasm out of the gates.