Stig Asmussen, the director of such critically and commercially lauded titles as EA’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is departing from the company, per Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier.
Asmussen, whose past works include directing God of War III for Santa Monica Studio, will be leaving EA “to pursue other adventures,” the company said in a statement to Bloomberg. As of this writing, it is unclear what these “other adventures” entail.
“After careful thought and consideration, Stig Asmussen has decided to leave Respawn to pursue other adventures, and we wish him the best of luck,” an EA spokesperson told Bloomberg. “Veteran Respawn leaders will be stepping up to guide the team as they continue their work on Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.”
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Survivor were the first two installments in what Asmussen told IGN he hoped would be a trilogy, so today’s news makes this writer wonder if a third game is possible without Asmussen at the helm.
Destructoid’s Chris Carter said about Jedi: Fallen Order that “you’re going to occasionally roll your eyes at a cheesy moment or groan at a technical issue, but Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order stands alone as an action game devoid of its Star Wars influence.”
As for Jedi: Survivor, Carter said “after finishing up Jedi Survivor and immediately cleaning up what I had missed for fun, I found myself wishing for a world where Respawn Entertainment focused all of its energy on single player games from here on out.”