Jedi: Survivor is coming to previous-gen consoles and is in the early stages of development.
Publisher Electronic Arts revealed in an earnings call on 8/1/23 the plan to bring the newest Cal Kestis game to the previous generation of consoles.
Jedi: Survivor is the follow-up to the 2019 hit Jedi: Fallen Order. Survivor picks up about 5 years after Fallen Order has ended. As a recap, Fallen Order takes place around the time of Revenge of the Sith and follows Cal Kestis, a Jedi who is found out after an accident forces him to use his force powers. He is tracked down by an Inquisitor and investigates the old Jedi Order.
Jedi: Survivor builds on the story left behind by Fallen Order and gives the fans a new perspective on a Jedi as not only a coming-of-age story but how Cal Kestis’ character has grown. Kestis takes the lessons learned from surviving the Purge of Jedi in the Clone Wars with Order 66 and his growth from the events of the previous game.
The director originally stated this game would be skipping the previous generation of consoles to give us a “true next-gen experience.”
In the press release of the game, EA described the game as:
"Star Wars Jedi: Survivor picks up five years after the events of Jedi: Fallen Order. Cal must stay one step ahead of the Empire’s constant pursuit as he begins to feel the weight of being one of the last remaining Jedi in the galaxy.Accompanied by his trusty companion BD-1, Cal will meet and ally himself with an array of unique and interesting characters on his journey. Jedi: Survivor will expand on the series’ dynamic combat in new and innovative ways. In order to survive, Cal must learn new skills and grow his connection with the Force."
The publisher also confirmed that the current versions will continue to get performance improvements as players have complained about continued performance issues on PC and frame rate drops on consoles as well. The Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 still have millions in use and seems like a financial decision.
Respawn has worked hard on getting gamers the experience they deserve and seemingly will try to bring that experience to the previous generation. The comments by Respawn before the game launched gave us the idea they wouldn’t be bringing this game to last-gen consoles because they wanted to provide a true “next-gen experience.” EA games have notoriously launched with major bugs including Battlefront and Battlefront II along with the most recent Battlefield games as well.
With the performance issues on the PC and on the newer hardware, I’m curious to see how the less powerful consoles will fair.