During Electronic Arts investor call going over financials for Q2 of fiscal year 2019, new information regarding EA-owned studio Respawn Entertainment and their upcoming projects was seemingly divulged.
EA’s CEO Andrew Wilson spoke during the opening statements of the call about the future of the company and what investors can expect in terms of future releases. In the process, he mentioned that their upcoming release slate will include “games from Respawn that are slated to launch by next holiday season.” What’s interesting about this statement is that it implies that Respawn has multiple games in the pipeline other than just that of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, which was revealed at E3 this past year.
Investors took note of this as well and asked about the potential of this new game and whether or not it could be related to Titanfall, the most recent property that Respawn has worked on. While not much information was given, EA’s COO and CFO Blake Jorgensen confirmed that Respawn seems to have multiple projects in the works and said that this nugget was left in the report as an “Easter egg.”
His full response was as follows:
“You heard Andrew use a plural when he said ‘games from Respawn.’ Just consider that a little Easter egg left in the earnings call for you. We’ll announce more when we get there but we’ve clearly got a lot of things working with all of our studios and you should assume that there will be some things that we haven’t announced that come out later in the year when we go to give guidance for next year.”
Jorgensen expanded more about this potential project later on when another investor again brought it up. He reiterated the window in which we will likely hear about this game in question:
“We’ll have more to come on that. We’ll brief people as we get into the fourth quarter timeframe before we run into next year’s full-year guidance.”
This is definitely an intriguing situation as I don’t think anyone really expected Respawn to have more games being developed other than that of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Of course, the easiest guess here would be that Respawn is working on a third Titanfall game. However, after lackluster sales for the second title, many expected that hope for a follow-up was all but dead. Maybe all hope isn’t lost after all, or this could be a completely new IP altogether.
Regardless of what transpires here, it seems like we won’t have to wait more than a few months to learn more about this project. EA’s fourth quarter of their fiscal year occurs between January 1 and March 31, so it seems likely that we might hear more about both this mystery project and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order during that span of time.