The third game is not Titanfall 3.
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Respawn is losing a creative director. Mohammad Alavi announced on social media that he is leaving the studio to pursue his “next adventure.” Alavi has spent his career at Infinity Ward and Respawn Entertainment, and he is best known as the designer of the No Russian level in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. He was most recently the creative director for Respawn’s next major secret project. According to sources familiar with the matter, the studio is not planning to abandon that work. Publisher Electronic Arts expects to launch it in 2024 or 2025.
(1/2) Today was my last day at Respawn Entertainment. It’s surreal. I’ve made games for 18 years ever only at two companies: Infinity Ward and Respawn. 11 of those years have been at Respawn, a company I helped form.
— Badmofo | Mohammad Alavi (@iambadmofo) January 11, 2022
Respawn only has small details about Alavi’s game. This is the third project in addition to continuing development of Apex Legends, and the sequel Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. It is also a single-player adventure, according to the studio. These details are not the only things I have learned. The game is a first-person shooter, with triple-A ambitions. The design team strives for “mobility”, and “style” as its guiding principles.
This third game is not a sequel to Titanfall 1 or 2.
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Respawn will continue to spend the next year or more prototyping concepts for its new game. The company will then turn that work into a final product.
Alavi says that this is the “end of an era.” Although he did not give any details, the industry is flooded with cash right now. Investors are supporting proven creators by backing them with large checks to make bigger bets. Big companies are creating new studios.
In this environment, it’s more common than ever for key creators to move on and find better opportunities. Few studios boast more creators than Respawn.