Star Wars Jedi Series' Game Director Leaves EA

Stig Asmussen retired from his position as Respawn Entertainment's Game Director after a nearly 10-year run.

Image Credit: EA, Star Wars Jedi Survivor

Stig Asmussen, the renowned Developer and Game Director behind Respawn Entertainment's beloved Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and its sequel, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, has announced his departure from Electronic Arts.

Before his time at Respawn, Asmussen played crucial roles at Santa Monica Studio, contributing significantly to the original God of War trilogy as Lead Environment Artist, Art Director, and Game Director and even winning the BAFTA Best Artistic Achievement Award for his work on the third game in the series.

He then became a part of EA's Respawn in the role of Game Director in 2014, producing the highly-praised Star Wars Jedi series. After nearly a decade with the studio, the developer made the decision to leave it to "pursue other adventures".

Image Credit: EA, Star Wars Jedi Survivor

"After careful thought and consideration, Stig Asmussen has decided to leave Respawn to pursue other adventures, and we wish him the best of luck," Electronic Arts' representative told Bloomberg. "Veteran Respawn leaders will be stepping up to guide the team as they continue their work on Star Wars Jedi: Survivor."

Image Credit: EA, Star Wars Jedi Survivor

The news of Asmussen's departure might come as a surprise to some, especially considering that his latest game, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, was a commercial success and helped EA get its "record Q1" with $1.578 billion in net bookings, which is 21% more than it was last year in the same period and up 25% in constant currency.

Moreover, during the recent Goldman Sachs Communacopia & Technology Conference, Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson expressed how happy he was with Respawn's work on Star Wars Jedi and even called EA buying the studio in 2017 "one of the most incredible acquisitions" in the industry.

And back in March, Asmussen revealed his intention to make Cal Kestis' story a trilogy, which it still might become sometime in the future but, apparently, without Asmussen's input. Taking Star Wars Jedi's success and the director's previously stated intentions into consideration, his decision to leave EA at this moment may be seen as somewhat unexpected.

Image Credit: EA, Star Wars Jedi Survivor

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