A brand new Bloomberg (opens in new tab) report says Digital Arts has cancelled improvement of a brand new recreation primarily based on the Apex Legends and Titanfall collection that was in improvement at Respawn Leisure.
The report, which cites three sources, says the cancelled undertaking was a singleplayer recreation codenamed Titanfall Legends and set within the shared Apex/Titanfall universe. It was reportedly being directed by Mohammad Alavi, till his departure from the studio in 2022.
That might presumably be the undertaking Alavi teased on Twitter (opens in new tab) in July 2021. “We’re growing a model new singleplayer journey from Respawn Leisure,” he mentioned on the time. “We’re a small, however bold staff with a historical past of dreaming large and making splashes.”
Alavi’s LinkedIn (opens in new tab) web page signifies the identical factor, saying he was “artistic director on a model new singleplayer journey from Respawn Leisure” previous to this departure. Earlier than that, he’d spent 10 years at Respawn as narrative design lead and design director on Apex Legends, and almost seven years earlier than that as a senior designer on Titanfall.
That historical past naturally fuelled hypothesis (or hope) the brand new recreation was Titanfall 3, however sadly hypothesis is all it added as much as: Alavi by no means revealed the character of the undertaking he was engaged on, and Respawn hasn’t given Titanfall followers something extra to carry on to than ‘never say never’ (opens in new tab) platitudes.
However job listings at Respawn (opens in new tab) from 2022 appeared to level in a distinct path. The openings have been for one thing known as the Apex Universe FPS Incubation Undertaking, described as “a model new Respawn singleplayer journey.” Apex Legends was constructed out of the Titanfall setting, and naturally some diehard followers held on to hope that Respawn was making an attempt to camouflage a brand new Titanfall recreation within the works. However there was no overlooking the truth that this new undertaking was meant to happen within the “Apex universe,” seen by many as a significant change in verbiage.
The Bloomberg report says there have been roughly 50 individuals engaged on the sport when it was shut down. EA will try to maneuver a few of them to different positions on the firm, however those that can’t be positioned elsewhere can be laid off.
No matter this recreation was, it isn’t the one Respawn undertaking to take a bump: EA additionally introduced yesterday that Star Wars Jedi: Survivor has been delayed until April 28 (opens in new tab), in an effort to “obtain the extent of polish our followers deserve.” Growth of the cell variations of Apex Legends and Battlefield has additionally been halted (opens in new tab).