Respawn working on multiple games aside from Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
During the course of recent earnings call for Q2 of fiscal year 2019, EA’s CEO Andrew Wilson had some teases about future plans that had gamers ramping up the speculation. Wilson gave some details about future options for the company in terms of new games. He revealed that their upcoming release slate will include “games from Respawn that are slated to launch by next holiday season.”
EA’s COO and CFO Blake Jorgensen confirmed that Respawn does indeed have multiple projects in the works, and that the company willingly left the tease in the report just to mess with gamers for a bit of lighthearted fun and hype.
Fans were quick to ramp up the hype and speculation across the internet. Investors and fans alike were quick to guess that the company was working on a new Titanfall entry, the last game franchise the company had a major release for. Although there were no firm confirmations or denials, Jorgensen did have the following to say:
“You heard Andrew use a plural when he said ‘games from Respawn.’ Just consider that a little Easter egg left in the earnings call for you. We’ll announce more when we get there but we’ve clearly got a lot of things working with all of our studios and you should assume that there will be some things that we haven’t announced that come out later in the year when we go to give guidance for next year. We’ll have more to come on that. We’ll brief people as we get into the fourth quarter timeframe before we run into next year’s full-year guidance.”
The reality is that it’s not too strange to have multiple games at various stages for a long-running developer like Respawn. With more than 200 employees, and a handful of successful titles under their belt, the company has plenty of experience in how this all works. Since being founded in 2010 by a group of former Activision devs, the company has built the Titanfall franchise into a decent game. It was also recently announced that they were working on a VR title due in 2019.
So alongside this VR project, and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, there’s plenty of room for speculation. There’s still some hope that they could be working on another new IP as well. Although bear in mind that it will probably be very early in development, so we may not see gameplay for a year or more.
EA’s fourth quarter of their fiscal year occurs between January 1 and March 31, so there’s a good chance that we hear more about this mystery project in 2019.
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