The story-focused action game is still in production, despite EA’s recent reputation for canceling highly anticipated Star Wars projects.
After the recent cancellation of another game under the Electronic Arts umbrella, many Star Wars gamers feared the highly anticipated Jedi: Fallen Order would follow suit.
It wouldn’t have surprised anyone, if we’re being honest. EA’s overall reputation is far less than ideal, and most fans can barely tolerate its handling of a Star Wars license.
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I think Battlefront 2 has come a long way since its original release for example, but I’m still not pleased with how heavily their business model relies on microtransactions. I paid for the base game, but refuse to give them more money for the sake of “bonus content” that should have been added to the game in the first place.
Anyway, it looks like EA has decided to give Fallen Order a chance. The company announced yesterday that it still plans to release the game in 2019, though it’s not uncommon for big releases like this to face major delays. (If we get a delayed release but a better game because of it, I personally wouldn’t mind.)
And … that’s basically the only new information we were given about the game. We still know next to nothing, which is both worrisome and disappointing.
All we know about the game so far — which isn’t a lot, if it does release sometime in the next six months — is that it takes place after the events of Revenge of the Sith. It’s rumored to be a third-person action game featuring a Jedi trying to survive the aftermath of Order 66.
The game will also be led by Stig Asmussen, who directed most of the God of War games. That game series is known for its quality storytelling, which shows a lot of promise for the game fans counting on Fallen Order to bring back the story-driven Star Wars gameplay we really haven’t seen since the KOTOR era.
I’m trying not to get my hopes up for this game despite knowing I’m going to give them my money (ONCE) no matter what. I was excited for The Old Republic until I realized how much money they expected me to hemorrhage for an experience that was supposed to be free and fun.
I’ve been conditioned not to expect any better from EA, and if they prove me wrong with Fallen Order, good on them.
It’s more than possible to make a game that tells a good story, looks good, and plays well. While I’m not counting on them to nail all three, I’m just like the rest of you. I’ve been waiting for a good in-game Star Wars story for a long time. Either EA needs to deliver, or Disney needs to take their license away and give it to someone who will actually make a good Star Wars game. Or a good game in general. (I’m addicted to the Sims as much as anyone, but let’s be honest, it’s still trash. Beautiful, time-sucking trash.)
Not that they’ll cancel that deal anytime soon, but we can dream, right?
Will you give this new game a chance whenever it comes out, or have you given EA enough of your time and resources? Do you trust Stig Asmussen, our only hope?