EA reportedly axes singleplayer ‘Apex Legends’ recreation

Electronic Arts (EA) has cancelled growth of a brand new recreation based mostly on the Apex Legends and Titanfall sequence.

A report by Bloomberg cited three sources who claimed that the singleplayer by Respawn Entertainment is now not in growth.

Codenamed Titanfall Legends, the sport, which hadn’t been publicly introduced, was reportedly set within the shared Apex/Titanfall universe.

Bloomberg‘s report added that sources claimed that the sport was being directed by Mohammad Alavi till his departure from the studio in 2022.

Alavi teased on Twitter what might properly have been the sport in query in July 2021. “We’re developing a brand new singleplayer adventure from Respawn Entertainment,” he wrote. “We’re a small, but ambitious team with a history of dreaming big and making splashes.”

The recreation director’s LinkedIn web page, as famous by PC Gamer, additionally signifies the identical, saying he was “creative director on a brand new singleplayer adventure from Respawn Entertainment” previous to this departure. Alavi spent 10 years at Respawn as narrative design lead and design director on Apex Legends earlier than that, and practically seven years earlier than that as a senior designer on Titanfall.

Despite the claims made in Bloomberg‘s report, Alavi by no means revealed the character of the venture he was engaged on, and Respawn by no means confirmed something.

Job listings at Respawn from 2022 namechecked the Apex Universe FPS Incubation Project, describing it as “a brand new Respawn singleplayer adventure.”

Apex Legends, the free-to-play hero shooter, was launched in 2019 and was constructed out of the Titanfall (2014) setting. As such, some followers understandably hoped that Respawn was attempting to cover {that a} new Titanfall recreation was in growth, however the point out of “Apex Universe” within the job postings instructed a cross-world hyperlink.

EpicGames News has reached out to EA for remark.

Titanfall 2
Titanfall 2. Credit: Electronic Arts (EA)

Elsewhere within the Bloomberg report, there have been claims that round 50 individuals had been engaged on the sport when it was shut down and that EA will try to maneuver a few of them to different positions on the firm. Those who can’t be positioned elsewhere will see their positions made redundant.

In associated information, Respawn, which is owned by EA, lately introduced that the cell model Apex Legends that launched final yr will now not exist after May 1, 2023.

Explaining the choice, Respawn cited “factors beyond our control” that “have prevented us from maintaining the high-quality experience and content that players deserve”.

The recreation shall be shuttered 90 days from yesterday’s announcement (4pm PST / 7pm EDT on May 1; midnight BST on May 2 within the UK).

EA has additionally confirmed the cancellation of Battlefield Mobile and has delayed Star Wars Jedi: Survivor by six weeks with a purpose to hit developer Respawn’s “quality bar”.

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