Respawn Entertainment, the studio behind Titanfall and Apex Legends, will reveal its new Star Wars video game at the Star Wars Celebration event in Chicago on April 13. The game was teased at the EA press conference at E3 last year, but only the title was revealed. An announcement post on StarWars.com from Lucasfilm says we can expect more from a panel at the Star Wars convention on that date:
In a special panel on Saturday, April 13, EA and Respawn will pull back the curtain on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, in which gamers will meet a Padawan who survived Order 66 and explore the galaxy in the time after the fall of the Jedi Order. The discussion will feature never-before-released details ahead of the game’s fall 2019 release.
Lucasfilm also promises new developments for the massively multiplayer online PC game Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Respawn Entertainment’s key people were responsible for many of the most influential first-person shooters over the past several years, from Medal of Honor: Allied Assault to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and even the critically acclaimed but not widely played Titanfall 2. The studio went through a public and ugly breakup with publisher Activision before stepping out on its own to develop Titanfall.
Respawn is now owned by Activision’s longtime competitor EA, which recently launched hero-based battle royale Apex Legends. The company is still reportedly working on a new game in the Titanfall franchise, though it seems that will not be Titanfall 3.
Lucasfilm has worked exclusively with EA on Star Wars video games for much of Star Wars’ current era, but the results have been mixed. EA canceled a major Star Wars game from Assassin’s Creed lead Jade Raymond and Naughty Dog writer Amy Hennig, best known for the Uncharted series. Star Wars Battlefront II landed poorly with fans, in no small part due to outrage over the game’s microtransaction scheme at launch. Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes has been successful on mobile, but fans also complain that its in-app monetization is a barrier to enjoyment.
Many fans that fondly remember the Star Wars games put out by LucasArts in an earlier era have not been keen to engage with EA’s efforts. But Respawn’s track record of quality is strong, so some fans have remained hopeful about Fallen Order. We’ll find out more in April.