Announcing his new role on Twitter, Wren said: “I am happy to announce that today is my first day on the Jedi team as a Senior Encounter Designer @Respawn. I am so excited to be back on Star Wars and work with this incredible team.”
I am happy to announce that today is my first day on the Jedi team as a Senior Encounter Designer @Respawn. I am so excited to be back on Star Wars and work with this incredible team. pic.twitter.com/JItAkdB5xa
— Patrick Wren (@Witdarkstar) November 8, 2021
Wren’s mention of the “Jedi” team has already caused plenty of speculation, with some fans suggesting this could mean he’s working on the sequel to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
EA confirmed earlier this year that it would “continued to invest” in the Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order franchise – leading many to speculate that a sequel is on its way. Combined with the hiring of a slew of developers for a new single-player game, it’s not a huge leap to think that another Fallen Order game is on the cards.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Patrick Wren has worked on a Star Wars title, having worked on Star Wars; First Assault in 2013 – a game by LucasArts which was subsequently cancelled following the acquisition of the company by Disney.
During his work on Halo Infinite for 343 Industries, Patrick Wren was senior multiplayer designer. However, his new role at Respawn Entertainment sees him designing combat encounters – a safe bet that he’s working on a single-player title, and that continues to suggest a Fallen Order sequel as the likely project.
Meanwhile, the PlayStation Direct online store has finally opened in the UK, allowing customers to purchase games and accessories, but no PS5 consoles just yet.
Elsewhere, EA has reportedly greenlit a new Fight Night game after British boxing legend Lennox Lewis discussed the franchise on Twitter.