April 15, 2024

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Respawn’s unnamed Star Wars first-person shooter, first confirmed by EA in January 2022, has reportedly been canceled because the writer pulls again on licensed video games amid a big spherical of layoffs.

On February 28, IGN reported that Respawn’s still-in-development Star Wars FPS had been canceled. The information was shared by way of a memo to employees from EA’s leisure president Laura Miele.

“It’s all the time onerous to stroll away from a mission, and this choice is just not a mirrored image of the workforce’s expertise, tenacity, or ardour they’ve for the sport,” wrote Miele. “Giving followers the following installments of the enduring franchises they need is the definition of blockbuster storytelling and the appropriate place to focus.”

Based on IGN, the workforce engaged on this now-cancelled Star Wars recreation can be moved to different tasks together with Apex Legends, Iron Man, Black Panther, and a 3rd installment within the widespread third-person motion collection, Star Wars: Jedi.

Kotaku has contacted EA for extra details about the canceled recreation.

This information comes as EA confirmed extra cuts had been taking place on the writer. Earlier right now, EA introduced it was shedding round 670 individuals. Wilson’s e-mail informed workers the layoff course of can be “largely accomplished by early subsequent quarter.” This spherical of layoffs at EA is a part of beforehand reported cuts at Codemasters and Glue Cell.

A be aware to workers from CEO Andrew Wilson stated that is half of a bigger plan at EA to pivot away from licensed IP, which the writer doesn’t imagine can be profitable within the “altering trade.” It was beforehand reported by GameIndustry.biz that this led to a minimum of one recreation being canceled, which seems to have been Respawn’s Star Wars FPS. This can be the identical Mandalorian-themed motion recreation that was reported earlier this month.

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