On Tuesday’s earnings call, EA’s CEO praised Jedi: Fallen Order and stated that the game is the “first title in an entirely new franchise.”
Jedi: Fallen Order gave Star Wars fans a new single-player video game experience when it launched back in November. Critics were mostly impressed, citing the exploration elements and gripping story as two highlights. On an earnings call held Tuesday, EA CEO Andrew Wilson teased that there’s more to come.
As transcribed by Motley Fool, Wilson praised Fallen Order for hitting 10 million unique players and noted that the game is the “first title in an entirely new franchise.” These comments on Fallen Order clearly signal that we will see more adventure-style Star Wars games in the future.
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In the months after Fallen Order‘s release, fans made it known they wanted a sequel to continue on Cal Kestis’s journey. Rumors even hinted that Respawn was preparing for a sequel. Then, Jason Schreier of Kotaku reported in February that while a Battlefront spinoff was cancelled, two other Star Wars video game projects were in the works, including “a sequel to Jedi Fallen Order at Respawn.” A recent report from the Bespin Bulletin states that the sequel will release in 2022.
Fallen Order‘s success with both fans and critics makes producing a sequel an easy choice. And while the game was solid all around, it has things to build upon.
Providing more planets to explore would expand the game’s depth. Introducing side missions could give players more content outside of the main story. Additional customization wouldn’t hurt either, as Cal’s cosmetics were almost solely limited to ponchos in the first game.
Fallen Order received a DLC update for May The Fourth that hopes to attract players back to the game after finishing the initial story. It adds Combat Challenges and a Battle Grid that invite players to test their Jedi skills against various enemies encountered throughout the game. The addition of these add-ons shows that EA is invested in making Fallen Order a product that fans will keep coming back to.
Wilson’s comments could also tease that there’s additional stories EA wants to pursue under the Star Wars Jedi moniker. There is potential for them to focus on other Jedi who were on the run after Order 66, or they could explore different timeframes where the Jedi are marginalized.
The emphasis placed on Fallen Order being part of a new franchise demonstrates that EA has plans for future games, even with its license set to end in 2023. This factor could make them aggressive in trying to retain that license in order to build on their early success with Fallen Order.
A free DLC update for Jedi: Fallen Order is out now.