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Apex Legends devs working on new game that will let players “adventure forever”

Published: 6/Jan/2021 3:39 Updated: 6/Jan/2021 10:01

by Isaac McIntyre

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Respawn Entertainment, the Californian studio behind battle royale Apex Legends, the Titanfall franchise, and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, are working on a secret new game that will reportedly let players keep “adventuring forever.”

Respawn has gone from strength to strength in recent years. In early 2019, the studio exploded into the battle royale scene with Apex Legends, after years of cult success with the Titanfall 2 franchise. They also struck gold with the Star Wars adventure title ‘Jedi: Fallen Order’, a canon story in Disney’s new universe.  Now it’s been confirmed they’re developing a mysterious new game.

Update, January 6, 2021 5AM ET: The job listing linked below now goes to a blank page, with the description stripped out, and the job itself is no longer listed on the vacancies page. 

According to a new job listing posted on Respawn’s website, the studio is putting together an incubation team to develop “a brand new IP,” or ‘intellectual property.’

The advertisement calls for a “generalist software engineer”. The listing has relatively few details on the project itself, besides confirming the title will use “new, practical technologies” to “enable ‘adventuring forever’,”. This may suggest a live, long-term game with ongoing Respawn Entertainment support.

Apex Legends have been calling for an in-game damage tracker since early 2019.
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Respawn’s focus has mainly been on Apex Legends since its launch in early 2019.

Respawn remains quiet on “new IP” project

Outside of the relatively vague job listing, there has been no official word from the North American studio regarding a new game or series in development.

The revelation a “new IP” is on the way comes just months after Respawn shifted much of their Apex development to a new studio in Vancouver. At the time, rumors were Respawn was already cooking up a new title in their old Californian locale. The only word then, though, was it “wasn’t Titanfall 3.”

“We love to dabble,” Respawn’s chief operating officer Dusty Welch said of the studio’s planned projects in a 2020 interview.

“Vince [Zampella] loves to dabble in all kinds of projects. His taste for game-making is not just in shooters. But look, you’ve got Star Wars out there. That’s a huge passion for Vince and I — and we love all kinds of different games. We’ll continue to think about ways to expand.”

It’s also likely whatever this new title is, it won’t be related to Star Wars or the “Fallen Order” series. Instead, Respawn appears to be stepping away from the two series that have made them famous in favor of a totally new world.

Respawn's mysterious new game won't be related to the two-part Titanfall saga.
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Respawn’s mysterious new game won’t be related to their two-part Titanfall saga.

Is Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 2 canceled?

That doesn’t mean a new Fallen Order title won’t be coming either.

In late March last year, Electronics Arts applauded Respawn for their “breakout title,” and suggested they would be looking to make it into a Star Wars franchise.

There has been no official word on those plans since mid-2020, however.

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The story of ‘Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’ will still continue eventually.

For now, sit tight. Respawn will still be a long way off any official announcements regarding this title, especially considering they’re only just getting software engineers on-board now.

And Apex Legends fans, no need to worry; the battle royale won’t suffer a smidge from the new focus. That’s why they established the Vancouver studio!

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Kings Canyon and Mirage Voyage make surprise return to Apex Legends

Published: 15/Jan/2021 20:15

by Theo Salaun

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In an impromptu update, Respawn Entertainment have delighted Apex Legends fans by bringing back both the Kings Canyon map and the Mirage Voyage point of interest for a limited time.

The Apex community lit up with a blend of surprise and joy when users logged onto the popular battle royale and found out that Kings Canyon was reintroduced to the game’s playlist options. As an added bonus, the game’s most infamous party boat, the Mirage Voyage, also spontaneously re-emerged as a landing spot.

A common emotional accompaniment to surprise is confusion and this geographical return was not lacking in either, according to Twitter reactions. The option to play on Kings Row was originally speculated to be a mistake because the playlist choice was only showing up for some players and mysteriously appearing then disappearing for others. 

But, following an official announcement from the Apex Legends Twitter account, it’s confirmed that the returns of Kings Canyon and Mirage Voyage are no mistake. In fact, they will be around for a full week.

Echoing the enthusiasm of their fans, Apex’s social media account delivered the news with a simple nod to jubilations: “It’s party time.”

And, as fans have been discovering in the brief time the map’s been made available, there are some tweaks to Kings Canyon and Mirage Voyage this time around — including some notable teasers and easter eggs. 

In one such piece of subtle content, there is a voicemail left to Mirage by his mother, Evelyn Witt, which can be found on a phone or tablet device that’s been left on one of the boat’s green couches. While it’s not a groundbreaking piece of lore, it does add to the game’s longrunning storylines.

This marks the first time since August 2020 that Mirage Voyage is available to contest in Apex Legends and the first time ever that it has sailed into Kings Canyon instead of World’s Edge. This blend of returns is both a chance for nostalgia and for content overlap.

Although the new playlist option will only be available until January 21, fans will be curious to know if this means Respawn intends on continuing to spontaneously bring back limited playlist offerings in the future.