Stig Asmussen, the renowned director behind the successful titles “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order” and “Star Wars Jedi: Survivor,” has announced his departure from Respawn Entertainment and its parent company, Electronic Arts (EA). Asmussen’s decision to leave comes after a commendable career in the gaming industry that spans nearly a quarter of a century.
A Storied Career:
Asmussen’s journey in the gaming world is nothing short of illustrious. Before joining Respawn, he played pivotal roles in the creation of the original “God of War” trilogy at Santa Monica Studio. He began as the lead environment artist, transitioned to the role of art director, and ultimately took the reins as the creative director for “God of War 3.
In 2014, Asmussen joined Respawn Entertainment as a game director. His first major project with the studio was the 2019 hit, “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.” The game’s success was followed by “Star Wars Jedi: Survivor,” released earlier this year, which also enjoyed commercial acclaim under Asmussen’s direction.
The Announcement and EA’s Response:
The news of Asmussen’s decision to leave was initially reported by Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier and was later confirmed by EA through an official statement. An EA spokesperson expressed, “After careful thought and consideration, Stig Asmussen has decided to leave Respawn to pursue other adventures, and we wish him the best of luck.” The company further added that veteran leaders within Respawn would take the helm to continue the work on “Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.
In related news, EA recently revealed plans to expand the reach of “Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.” The game, which initially launched for Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, and PC in April, will soon be available for the previous generation consoles, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Stig Asmussen’s departure marks the end of an era for Respawn Entertainment and EA. His contributions to the gaming industry, especially with the “Star Wars Jedi” series, have left an indelible mark. As the gaming community anticipates his next move, Respawn and EA are poised to continue building on the legacy he leaves behind.