Respawn gets to make three Star Wars games, DICE none

If you’re a huge Star Wars fan and employed at Respawn, consider yourself a lucky son of a porg. If the same applies but you’re employed at DICE, the Dark Side could be calling to you by now. EA has announced that Respawn – creator of Jedi: Fallen Order – gets to make three Star Wars games, one being the rumored sequel. DICE’s Battlefront series, on the other hand, has unfortunately come to an end. Due to a cut in licensing fees, EA is pulling the force out of DICE’s future Star Wars perspective.

For Respawn, getting the three-game deal means living their fanboy dream, if we’re to believe its co-founder Vince Zampella. He’s even inviting everyone over to create some ‘great Star Wars games’, because that’s precisely what everybody seems to be doing lately. I mean, name one studio that isn’t working on a Star Wars game right now, except DICE (obviously).

“We are huge fans of Star Wars here at Respawn and we’re thrilled to work with Lucasfilm Games on new titles that we have wanted to make for years. If you want to make great Star Wars games, you should come join us on our journey.”

As I said, the upcoming sequel to Jedi: Fallen Order is one of the three games that Respawn gets to produce. The second one is a first-person shooter shaped by former LucasArts veteran and Medal of Honor co-creator Peter Hirschmann. The third game is a strategy game created by Bit Reactor, a fresh studio comprised of former XCOM and Civilization devs from Firaxis.

Unfortunately, DICE seems to be left with no slice of the Star Wars cake. According to VentureBeat, EA’s plans with Star Wars are pretty much over after these three games. Since licensing costs a fuckton of money, EA reportedly wants to start dipping into its own extensive IP pool. This pretty much falls in line with previous reports of Battlefront 3 plans being axed.

For us Star Wars fans, it doesn’t really matter who gets to make games and who doesn’t. Don’t get me wrong, the Battlefront series was pretty dope (even if Battlefront 2 had a horrible start). But Respawn has proven to be a worthy dev too, entertaining us with Titanfall and Jedi: Fallen Order. And if those three future Respawn games do end up blowing, at least we have Ubisoft and Quantic Dream to save the fate of Star Wars games, right?