We’re recapping all the biggest moments and releases for Star Wars gaming in 2020.
2020 may have lacked the blockbuster game in the Star Wars universe akin to the brilliant Jedi: Fallen Order or beloved Battlefront franchise. But it did have many smaller moments that showed signs of the gaming world moving in a positive direction.
A new game did in fact release, Star Wars Squadrons, and there were notable updates to the two aforementioned ones. The mobile gaming world continues to grow, alongside the deepest dive into virtual reality yet. There continues to be a craving for more Star Wars games as EA states its intentions to double-down on the license. However, those promises have not yet surfaced, and canceled games continue to riddle the galaxy’s plans.
But beyond that lone mark, it was a largely successful year for Star Wars gaming in 2020. Let’s highlight some of the very best moments.
5. Content packs and partnerships
Electronic Arts (EA) may hold exclusive rights to the Star Wars gaming license, but that doesn’t mean that partnerships cannot happen in other places. 2020 was a big year for that. Transitioning into the new year amid the release of The Rise of Skywalker was the first content pack for the popular battle royale video game, Fortnite. The event ran until January 7th and featured cosmetic items for Rey, Finn and the Sith Troopers, as well as a TIE Whisper Glider.
Outside of the sequel trilogy, the update also allowed players to wield some famous lightsabers, such as Mace Windu’s and Luke Skywalker’s. The release was so successful that Star Wars partnered up with the folks at Epic Games once more for May 4 and again just this month, as the Mandalorian and Baby Yoda enter the game as well.
Beyond Fortnite, Star Wars forayed into other games as well. One includes a new pack for a popular EA title, Sims 4, entitled Journey to Batuu — home to the Galaxy’s Edge theme park. The expansion of the role-playing game enabled players to fulfill their biggest dreams on Batuu, fighting for either the First Order or Resistance, though with some mixed responses.
And for one more way to continue the fight, head into Mojang’s Minecraft which added a massive Star Wars DLC in November. For a slow year in new releases, Star Wars had a significant presence in more galaxies than its own.