Stig Asmussen, the game director of the critically and commercially successful Star Wars Jedi titles, Fallen Order and Survivor has parted ways with Respawn Entertainment, the studio behind the Star Wars Jedi franchise.
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Last night Bloomberg broke that Asmussen had left Respawn Entertainment after careful consideration to pursue new endeavours. At this time, Electronic Arts, the parent company of Respawn, have commented on the game directors exit, but Asmussen himself has yet to share any comments publicly. EA shared the following statement;
“After careful thought and consideration, Stig Asmussen has decided to leave Respawn to pursue other adventures, and we wish him the best of luck. Veteran Respawn leaders will be stepping up to guide the team as they continue their work on Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.” – EA
It’s unclear at the moment what Stig Asmussen’s new adventure will be, and why he’s decided to leave behind the the studio he’s been at for near ten years. Stig was the mastermind behind the Star Wars Jedi games, acting as the game director of both Fallen Order and Survivor, writing on both titles in addition and envisioned the Star Wars Jedi franchise and the story of Cal Kestis as a trilogy, but it seems that Asmussen will not be around for the final part of the Jedi trilogy, the video game series he was a fundamental part of.
As of this time, a third entry in the Star Wars Jedi franchise has not been announced, but video games journalist and industry insider, Jeff Grubb, recently shared that Respawn Entertainment had started working on the final entry of the Jedi trilogy. In addition to Grubb’s comments, we’ve also seen hints at development on a third Star Wars Jedi game being in development thanks to various job listings. One listing for a senior combat designer appears to be for the untitled Star Wars Jedi: Survivor follow-up and most of the listings require the applicants to have experience with Unreal Engine 4, the engine Survivor was made with, and Unreal Engine 5, the latter being the engine Stig Asmussen previously revealed would be used for the third Jedi release. However it’s worth noting that the untitled FPS game they’re working on also has these requirements. The line that stands out and points towards this particular job opportunity is for the Survivor sequel is, “a passion for melee combat games is a major plus.” In addition to the listing on EA’s website, another has appeared on LinkedIn seeking out a Principal Game Writer specifically for the Star Wars Jedi franchise. Granted a principal writer for an unnamed Star Wars Jedi project could be for a DLC and not simply a sequel, but what what Grubb has shared and from what I have heard personally, a Survivor sequel is currently in extremely early development.
One line in EA’s statement that’s likely caught fans eyes is, “Veteran Respawn leaders will be stepping up to guide the team as they continue their work on Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.” I’m sure some have taken this as a nod towards noteworthy DLC for Survivor, however that could be a possibility, I’m personally taking the line as work on future patches and for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Survivor that are currently in development.
Undoubtedly, Stig Asmussen’s departure from Respawn and his lack of involvement in the third entry of the Star Wars Jedi trilogy is a real blow for fans of Fallen Order and Survivors. It’ll be interesting to see who steps up in the wake of Asmussen’s absence, though the third Jedi entry is still likely a handful of years away (I personally don’t expect to see it until 2027). However I wish Asmussen all the best on his new adventure and I can’t wait to see what the next step in Asmussen’s journey brings us.
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