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EA is partnering with Respawn Entertainment to work on a new game set in the Star Wars universe. EA

Developer Respawn Entertainment, the team behind Titanfall, have announced that they are working on a brand new game set in the Star Wars universe. The announcement was made on May the fourth, which has come to be known as Star Wars Day.

Not much has been revealed about the game other than it will be a third-person, action-adventure. The project's director Stig Asmussen wrote in the announcement post: "I have been playing Star Wars games my whole life, now I get to make a Star Wars game.

"On top of that, I get to do it at Respawn, a studio comprised of the most talented collection of game makers, creators, visionaries, and (most importantly) advocates for the player, that I have had the good fortune to work with. And we, like you all, have no shortage of Star Wars passion."

Asmussen says his team promises "to pay respect to the Star Wars legacy at all times."

"Looking back to 1977, I witnessed Star Wars unleash its magic on the big screen, forever changing me (little did I know how much at the time)," said Asmussen, who previously worked on the God of War series before he joined Respawn in 2014. "The crazy thing is this magic doesn't have a shelf life. Decades later I observed the same wonder in my kids' eyes as they watched A New Hope.

"What a rarity, for a book, a film, or even a game to have that kind of impact, spanning several generations, even promising to continue into future ones. The opportunity to be a part of that is not something to take for granted. This is an opportunity that I, the team, and Respawn could not and would not pass up."

Founded in 2010 by Call of Duty veterans Vince Zampella and Jason West, Respawn Entertainment is best known for its multiplayer mech shooter Titanfall. A sequel was recently announced with the first gameplay footage to be shown off on 12 June at EA's E3 press conference in Los Angeles.

"Over the past few years, I've had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with Vince Zampella and his group," Executive Vice President of EA Studios Patrick Söderlund said in a statement. "Their obsession with making games that feel amazing has helped make Titanfall one of the most successful new game launches of this generation. And now, with a new team led by Stig Asmussen, we get to see what they can do when you combine that great attention to gameplay with the power of Star Wars."

Following Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise, EA was licensed to make Star Wars games for the core gaming market. EA DICE developed the first game, Star Wars Battlefront, which was released last year and continues to be supported with free updates and paid expansions.

Visceral, most famous for creating the Dead Space series, are also working on a Star Wars game believed to be a third person action game of some kind. Mass Effect and Dragon Age team Bioware are believed to be working on another game, but news regarding that project has been thin on the ground.

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