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E3: EA confirm Respawn's “Sci-fi oriented shooter”

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Respawn Entertainment, headed by ousted Infinity Ward heads Jason West and Vince Zampella, recently secured the talents of Star Wars prequel designer Iain McCaig for a then-mystery title. Speaking with journalists at E3, EA's Frank Gibeau confirmed the longtime rumors that the game will be a “sci-fi oriented shooter,” which the publisher intend to use as competition against series like Halo and Gears of War.


Above: Killzone cried its glowing orange eyes out when EA didn't mention it as a rival 

At last year's E3, industry forecaster Michael Pachter suggested that shooting games set in space were thin on the ground (eh?), speculating that this might be a vacuum Respawn's new title could aim to fill (okay, yeah). Pachter's prediction echoed a common sentiment in the guessing-wildly-about-future-games community. After a year of speculation, EA confirmed this: Gibeau told attendants the company would continue to push series like Battlefield and Medal of Honor, but would release titles like Respawn's “where we see opportunistic gaps, either in a release schedule or in a genre standpoint... It allows us to compete with things like Gears and Halo and put them on places in our release calendar where they're not cannibalistic to the core business.”

Do you like this idea? Can the world stand another “Space Marines, in space” series if the pedigree's this good? Years from now, will Microsoft thank EA for helping them sell Halo? Put on your industry speculator hats and let's hear your thoughts.

June 8, 2011

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8 comments

  • Nintygameplayerperson - June 9, 2011 11:22 p.m.

    Man, seriously? Do we really need another game about some macho-man gunning down hundreds of aliens or faceless soldiers or whatever?
  • couggod - June 9, 2011 11:40 p.m.

    I feel a reboot coming, Call of System Shock
  • SoutheastSam - June 10, 2011 1:14 a.m.

    Battlefront 3
  • CombatCat120 - June 10, 2011 6:39 a.m.

    I'm sure they can make it way more interesting than Halo
  • insertdisk - June 10, 2011 8:07 a.m.

    The thing with space marine macho man games is that all the ones that have come out have been the same one. SO there is plenty of room for them if someone can manage one that's a bit different, and not brown/grey.
  • ChickenFillet5140 - June 10, 2011 11:05 p.m.

    @southeastsam - Battlefront 3 would be sweet but not as an FPS.
  • ThatFanInThePeacoat - June 11, 2011 7:32 p.m.

    I don't think the Space-Shooter genre has been explored enough. Too many developers and publishers stick with the "play-it-safe" routine of making rehashed games centered around gruff, muscley, space commandos. There's much more to be explored, especially in a topic as large as outer space. Will Respawn give us something off the beaten path? I wish it would, but I'm not expecting too much especially when their aim is to compete with Halo and Gears of War.
  • MySistersMenstruationTastesFunny - June 11, 2011 9:28 p.m.

    I love Gibeau's ability to talk business without sounding like a complete prick.

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