During a quarterly earnings call today, EA has announced that their newly-acquired studio Respawn will be shipping games, plural, before the end of 2019. It is unclear whether that means multiple titles or it was an accidental slip of the tongue, but it is not unreasonable.
“Across multiple studies, we have new projects underway, including games from Respawn that are slated to launch by next holiday season,” EA CEO Andrew Wilson said on the call.
Three publicly announced projects are currently in the works at Respawn. At last year’s Oculus Connect, the Facebook-owned company announced a partnership with Respawn for a new VR game that was not either Titanfall or Star Wars. In the intervening time since, Electronic Arts acquired Respawn as an internal studio, but acknowledged that the Oculus deal was still proceeding. At the time of acquisition, EA tried to reassure concerned fans by confirming that Titanfall 3 was in development. Finally, at E3 this year, Respawn CEO Vince Zampella confirmed a Star Wars title named Jedi Fallen Order, with a target date of holiday 2019.
Assuming Jedi Fallen Order hits its target, that makes it at least one of the titles that Respawn is slated to release in 2019. Titanfall 3, while encouraging, seemed decidedly nascent when it was announced. That makes the so-far undetailed Oculus title a strong bet for another title to fulfill the plurality of games Wilson expressed.
Either way, it is nice to know that Respawn is planning to hit 2019 in a fairly big way. Maybe they’ll even show footage of one of those games at E3 next year.