According to reports, Electronic Arts has cancelled an in-development Respawn Entertainment single-player game set in the Apex Legends and Titanfall universes. The release of Apex Legends marked a significant shift in Respawn Entertainment’s development priorities, as it abandoned its Titanfall single-player/multiplayer titles in favour of the successful battle royale. Respawn has since demonstrated that its single-player talents are worth supporting with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, but EA may still be sceptical.
Reports of a new single-player game being developed at Respawn that was not part of the company’s ongoing Star Wars projects began to circulate in 2022. Job postings for what was dubbed the “Apex Universe FPS Incubation Project” began to appear. Later, a departing developer confirmed that they had worked on Respawn’s “single-player Apex universe game.” However, no official announcement of the game’s development was ever made.
According to Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier, EA has cancelled the unannounced Apex Legends single-player game.
The cancellation was not explained, but the report does state that EA is making cuts due to a “disappointing outlook” for the current fiscal quarter. Titanfall Legends is said to be the project’s codename, and it was started by Call of Duty, Titanfall, and Apex Legends veteran Mohammad Alavi, who left Respawn in early 2022.
At the time of its cancellation, approximately 50 developers were working on the Apex Legends single-player game. According to the report, EA will try to find positions for these developers on other projects, but those who cannot be accommodated will be given severance packages and laid off. In other words, this isn’t just the cancellation of a single game, but the end of an effort at Respawn to form another single-player-focused team.
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