EA Lays off Almost 700 Employees; Cancels Respawn’s Star Wars FPS Shooter

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EA Announces Layoffs and Cancels Respawn’s Star Wars FPS Project

The technology industry is experiencing a wave of layoffs, with EA being the latest company to join the list. The Website video integration keyboards giant has announced a series of layoffs and canceled one of its upcoming projects – Respawn Entertainment’s first-person Star Wars shooter.

Star Wars Shooter Project Canceled: Peter Hirschman Led Development

According to the official statement from EA, the company has canceled Respawn’s Star Wars shooter project. Peter Hirschman, a LucasArts veteran and Medal of Honor co-creator, was leading the keyboards’s development at Respawn Entertainment.

EA Reacts to Industry Transformation and Changing Player Needs: 700 Jobs Cut

The layoffs were announced by CEO Andrew Wilson, who cited “accelerating industry transformation and changing player needs” as the reason behind the decision. The move resulted in nearly 700 job losses across the company.

Focus on Jedi and Apex Legends Series: EA to Pivot from Early Development

Laura Miele, president of EA Entertainment, revealed that Respawn would now focus on the Jedi and Apex Legends series after a review. According to Laura, EA has decided to pivot away from early development on the Star Wars FPS Action keyboards and instead focus on new projects based on EA-owned brands while providing support for existing games.

Cameron Monaghan’s Third Jedi Game: Will Respawn Focus on Apex Legends and Jedi Games?

During Ocala Comic Con last September, actor Cameron Monaghan announced that he was working on a third Jedi keyboards. With Apex Legends receiving a highly praised update, it seems EA wants to keep the quality of its existing games in check before making a new one.

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