Respawn website launches with teaser art

New online destination for studio founded by Jason West and Vince Zampella goes live with blurry game shot; <i>Harry Potter</i>, <i>Star Wars</i> concept artist on board.

When Jason West and Vince Zampella--the embattled Infinity Ward cofounders--opened Respawn Entertainment last year, they did so without uttering a word about their new project. Now, the studio's website has launched in full, teasing what the shop is currently creating and who will be creating it.

Here's a first look at Respawn's new game.

One of the most intriguing bits of the just-launched www.Respawn.com is a blurry image of what appears to be a first look at the studio's development debut. The image shows what appears to be a landscape, with what looks like a building in the foreground. Earlier this month, EA Games boss Frank Gibeau hinted that Respawn's game might be a sci-fi shooter.

Also on the website is a detailed directory of Respawn employees. One of the biggest names attached to project is Iain McCaig, who will be working as a concept artist on the studio's first game. McCaig's credits include Hollywood blockbusters Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and the Star Wars prequels.

Most Respawn staffers have previous experience on Call of Duty games, and six have contributed to Sony's God of War series, specifically God of War 2 and God of War 3.

The Respawn Entertainment logo visible on its website is just a placeholder image, according to the studio's community manager. "We're still working on creating something that represents the studio and our game," the staffer wrote.

As for the ongoing litigation between West and Zampella, Activision, and Electronic Arts, that case is headed to court, where up to $400 million is at stake for the involved parties.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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87 comments
XanthosAcanthus
XanthosAcanthus

@pierrey22 The cod engine is a heavily modified quake engine, not unreal 3.

Thuganomic05
Thuganomic05

With this much talent under one roof, it makes me want to boycott Activision until this whole thing is settled. I hate when developers have to keep stuff on the DL. DRIVES ME BANANAS!

zoxdj
zoxdj

I will stay cautious (not to get my hopes up), but I'll follow the updates on the matter. Thanks for the news anyway.

PNOIDSCHIZ
PNOIDSCHIZ

And I hope they win their lawsuit.they deserve it. In slang terms, activision pulled a serious "jack" move on those two guys .Activision u took their engine, and ur arrogant about it as well.

Slash_out
Slash_out

I sharpned a bit the pic to make it clearer : http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/717/62414237.jpg/ And here is with outlines about what I think is what : http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/199/88411170.jpg/ If you look, the ""giraffe" some people might see, is probably a building with orange lights inside, and the tall shape is probably some kind of chimney or smoke, the top of the building looks like it's greenish and not really futuristic. You can see a road coming out of the that building going toward the tower. The building on the left looks like a tower.I think just right of where I wrote "Building" there is another one there. Well anyway, just my 2 cents. Edit : http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/14/83240336.jpg/ Maybe this picture shows better what I think is hidden behind the blur. Saving the pics and scrolling between them quickly in your picture viewer helps a lot.

Rocker6
Rocker6

@burtonboy05 The game that would return Lucas Arts in their former glory would be IMO a sequel to Jedi Academy,I loved that game,and I always wanted to see a sequel,mostly because of the awesome ending.

INewIRave
INewIRave

god of war, gears of war and cod developers involved? good.

theslimdavylp
theslimdavylp

Gears of Duty: Modern Combat Evolved... sweet!

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

"Most Respawn staffers have previous experience on Call of Duty games, and six have contributed to Sony's God of War series, specifically God of War 2 and God of War 3." With this said, Whatever it is, i have a feeling its gonna be something special.

burtonboy05
burtonboy05

@Monkeypukefight - yeah agreed some sort quality SW game would be sweet. I'd take a revamped Xwing or Tie Fighter game, Battlefront, you name it. Lucas arts has fallen off the pace badly and need some redemption. How about an indepth game based on the life of Boba Fett? Almost hit man like in that you have numerous ways to catch or kill your mark depending on the contract? Requiring investigation techniques, building gadgets/weapons, Intertwine that with some space travel/combat in slave I or II and i'd be stoked. Even cover the time line from where Jango died - all the way through to the Legacy of the Force series. That is a stretch but I'd be happy with multi games if they were up to scratch covering differnt eras and enemies from Jedi to Vong........i'll keep dreaming lol

Taix34
Taix34

@ nezza08 thanks!, This looks more interesting ill stay turned for this

TheoAlmighty
TheoAlmighty

i dont think putting a blurry picture will appeal to many gamers...

Edged_out
Edged_out

WOW the graphics are amazing...

pelvist
pelvist

Looks like an old stealworks.

StHapns247
StHapns247

Contacts of Duty: Modern Optometrist. Revolutionizing the modern tactical eye exam.

gashoe13
gashoe13

this could be interesting.... knowing the history of the employees, this could be fantastic. lol @Evz0rz

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

feels like elderscrolls game to me lol

Rocker6
Rocker6

It looks a bit like S.T.A.L.K.E.R. to me.

vf21x
vf21x

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DeathSoul96
DeathSoul96

some post-apocalyptic themed game maybeh :/

monkeypukefight
monkeypukefight

oh my god!!!!!!!!!! star wars call of duty-style!!!!!!!! i would kill for a star wars battlefront on adrenaline like that. i heard some rumours it was gonna be a sci-fi shooter. now i hear people previously working on star wars titles are working with them. it all makes sense... pleaaaaaaaaaazzzzzeee make this happen.

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

It's actually a partner program for independent studios...oh wait, Bungie just did that.

MarcJL31
MarcJL31

I wish them best of luck. COD was resfreshing and COD4 is still on of the best multiplayer experiences Ive had. Wasnt a big fan of MW2 but glad to seem them doing somethnig different now. Oh and Jason West's bio is funny.

MuffintopX
MuffintopX

What the F! I am embarrassed for being slightly excited over a picture as horrible as this.

nezza08
nezza08

@warhawk-geeby Oh crap I don't wanna take the credit I got it off the forums with a little bit of searching didn't do it myself. Sorry if it came across that way, just wanted to show people it since it was quite interesting tbh but I agree it is bloody awsome! (:

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@areszues92 Just out of interest.. I bet you don't live in Manchester :P

Evz0rz
Evz0rz

This is obviously a sign that EA bought the rights to Blur and Respawn is making Blur 2

ThePurpleBubble
ThePurpleBubble

@aermeus Amen. (It makes you wonder... why did they make an entirely new series, rather than giving Jedi Knight a fresh coat of paint?) Anywho... As Jamesinho said, a fantasy shooter would be... interesting. Though, Fantasy elements go hand-in-hand with RPG elements. (Not that that is a bad thing, but I know that many fans of West and Zampella's previous work would likely prefer a straight-up shooter)

aermeus
aermeus

An FPS and one of the major names on the project previously did stuff with Star Wars...maybe we are looking at something along the lines of Star Wars Battlefront 3...god knows Lucas Arts needs to license the IP to a game developer that can do it some justice because they are killing it with stuff like Force Unleashed II

fkbwii
fkbwii

All I'm asking for is a single player experience that lasts longer than 5 hours! I know it'll be awesome, I just want to stay in that awesome for a while!

Flamerdragon
Flamerdragon

Want adrenaline they had in their MW game and longer campaigns

mer1in79
mer1in79

after seeing the clearer but still blurry image from nezza08 i'm wrong about the Diplodocus but looks more like a typical fantasy image than a sci-fi one.

mer1in79
mer1in79

it's one of them pics that you see what you want to see i mean to me it looks like the neck and head of a Diplodocus in the middle with green field and mountains in the background possibly a volcano on the left.

TheVGamer
TheVGamer

@carp93 No spheres you notice? Only grayish sky? Look again, notice the curves. Plus, EA confirmed that Respawn is working on a sci-fi shooter.

raptures330
raptures330

@nezza08 You work for CSI, don't you? Can we see the number plate of the car inside the building by the palm tree? :D

jamesinho
jamesinho

I'd love a fantasy shooter. Something completely different from the usual World War 2/modern warfare/Sci-fi lazer guns that have been done to death. Here's a chance for a studio to set a new standard.

areszues92
areszues92

Is this some RPG? I will ROFLMAO

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

This is clearly aimed at all those gamers who masturbate too much.. Look it up folks.

product_of_ill
product_of_ill

im guessing if its some kind of non descript image then it is either going to be iconic to the game or giving away more than we will first think! my money is on some sort of familiar theme or game and possibly a remake, seeing as the games industry is following hollywood suits! that is all!

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

Here is the problem with this industry. Journalist keep posting crappy news and developers/publishers actually think that releasing a crappy abstract and blurry image will win them some points with the fans, consumers, or mass market, NOT! I hate teasers, but this one, I don't know what to make of it because by the time I wake up I'll have forgotten about this blurry image.

Daian
Daian

This is such a giant teaser :|.Damn u blurry image, DAMN UUUUU!!!

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

To me, It looks like giant snail, lochness. and mountain. and women breast.

carp93
carp93

@TheVGamer I don't see a planet anywhere but that thing off to the right looks like a dock with some kind of air and/or spaceship in it, so you might be right.