Something new is cooking up at Respawn Entertainment, the "small but ambitious" studio behind games, including Titanfall, Apex Legends and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Creative director Mohammad Alavi took to Twitter earlier this afternoon to say that the developer is working on "a new single-player adventure" and provided links to job postings from technical, combat, i level designers.
The job descriptions themselves don’t say much about what’s going on. The main technical game designer listing, for example, says that the new project "is a designer's courtyard of dreams with a freedom of innovation that is possible thanks to the unique universe it inhabits". They specify that things are just beginning to emerge now, however: "The project is in its early stages and will become the owner of substantial ideas and features, from the conceptualization of the blue sky to the game sent."
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A bit confusing, these job lists (you can see them all on Respawn Careers page) belong to the individual player incubation team category, which is different from the new game incubation team category. There’s even a crossover of roles – both projects are looking for senior combat designers, for example. But the roles are noticeably different, like the older new game incubation team listing carries specific collaboration and direction requirements, as well as for working with Unreal Engine 4 "to implement character animations, sequence behavior trees, special effects, and system tuning."
The list of the incubator team for individual players is much more conceptual: "Be decisive in defining and iterating the central loop of the game. The combat extends beyond the discreet 'fight' to include how to "It pours, how it starts and how it recovers, regroups and grows after progression," he says. "Collaborate with other designers and departments to share ideas, pursue greatness, reach prudently, and deliver an elegant game that will defy expectations."
At this point it could be anything: a single player Apex Legends game (which would be great), another Star Wars game (Respawn is already known to work on a new Star Wars game, which can be or not a sequel to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order), or Titanfall 3, which apparently was in development at some point, but was left out of the game after the success of Apex Legends.
I’ve contacted Respawn to see if anyone will tell me anything more about what’s going on, and while I don’t really think it’s going to happen, I’ll update if that’s the case.