Update: EA Motive has denied that it is working on a new Star Wars game and claimed that the speculation has come from "human error".
As you can see in the Tweet below, EA Motive says it is not working on a new Star Wars project, but does have "something pretty special" in the pipeline. The original speculation came from a job listing that mentioned a new Star Wars action game, which has since been deleted.
Our original story appears below, and we look forward to bringing you more news on Motive's upcoming projects as and when they're announced.
Due to human error (hey, it happens!) we’ve seen a lot of speculation. While we’re not working on a new Star Wars project, we are working on something pretty special. Follow us here or check back for more info on what we’re up to! https://t.co/u6oJewebUNNovember 4, 2020
Original: A new Star Wars action game is in the works from EA studio Motive, according to a recent job listing (opens in new tab).
The job ad calls for a Build Programmer to join the Motive team and start work on "an upcoming Star Wars action game". The listing reveals that the development team is "starting immediately" on the project, and states that this will give the programmer the opportunity to "contribute to an exciting new IP."
Motive Studios previously developed Star Wars: Squadrons which released at the beginning of October. Not long after the game's release, Motive revealed it's working on "several unannounced projects" in a blog post on its official website, but didn't go into detail about anything in the works.
"With our new mission, we're trying a lot of things and testing many ideas which you can't get attached to, as iteration and experimentation are healthy and a key to finding something great," Motive's VP and general manager Patrick Klaus wrote regarding the new projects. "The team is super talented and we're all striving to make aspirational games that push the boundaries of what players expect now and into the future."
The mention of unannounced projects naturally led many to assume another Star Wars game might be in the pipeline, and this job listing appears to officially confirm a new game set in the Star Wars universe is in the works. Whether it turns out to be a follow-up to Squadrons or something else entirely remains to be seen, but as we head into the next generation, we'll likely see it land on the PS5 and Xbox Series X.
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