Over the years, Star Wars has become oversaturated. It’s hard to argue this factor because not only has Disney (Who bought Lucasfilm from George Lucas back in October of 2012) created a sequel film trilogy to Lucas’ original 1970’s-1980’s cinematic masterpieces, but spin-off films as well. And then incorporate all the new shows that have been released for kids (Namely the critically lauded Star Wars: Rebels and now Star Wars: Resistance) as well as the upcoming mature shows (Jon Favreau’s much-anticipated The Mandalorian), Star Wars has never been more in the eyes of the public. And these properties have varied in success.
All that being said, while I do believe in the idea that “Less is more”, one thing Star Wars hasn’t been able to deliver since the acquisition (Kind of sounds like a plan Palpatine would concoct huh?) is a high quality video game. While the company brought back the popular Battlefront game series with two games released in 2015 and 2017, one of the hindering factors is, unfortunately, the very company that is making them.
Electronic Arts (EA) has become notorious in recent years for their focus on games light in content upon release and then following up with endless DLC content that adds little to the primary game. But what they’ve been most dreaded for is the word that brings chills to gamers…microtransactions. Content that can be purchased for your games that helps you in-game (Sometimes even being necessary to complete a game), EA has been accused of using this business model to milk profit from audiences at the cost of quality games. It was through this model that the popular survival horror video game series Dead Space faced it’s end as that franchise’s third main installment was reliant on microtransactions and because of EA’s focus on profit, the game’s sales were lackluster in their eyes. It is for this reason Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order might be the breath of fresh air Star Wars fans are looking for.
While published by EA, the game is being developed by Respawn Entertainment, the creators of the Titanfall games. While the first game in that series in 2014 was strictly a multiplayer game similar to 2015’s Star Wars: Battlefront, Respawn separated itself from EA’s latter mistake, 2017’s Star Wars: Battlefront II, by making Titanfall 2 with a strong single player campaign and a focus on unique gameplay concepts (Including a level where you time travel back and forth through a guarded laboratory). After their acclaimed online follow-up Apex Legends (Set 300 years after Titanfall 2) earlier this year, Respawn looks to have the potential to finally deliver a Star Wars game for this generation that they can be proud to own.
Taking place shortly after the final film in the prequel trilogy, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Jedi Fallen Order follows a Padawan who survived Palpatine’s Order 66 (An order in which all Clone troops turned on their Jedi commanders and wiped out the order). Now as that Padawan you must survive in a galaxy now tyrannically ruled by the Galactic Empire.
Star Wars Celebration 2019 is happening this weekend with more information to be revealed about this game tomorrow, April 13th. Yet, courtesy of Amazon, a poster has been leaked for the game. An admittedly beautiful piece of artwork, check it out below:
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is expected to be released later this year in 2019.