jedi: fallen or­der

Af­ter an aw­ful 2017 for EA’s Star Wars prop­er­ties, Bat­tle­front II up­dates give us a new hope

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You know your newly re­leased mul­ti­player game isn’t get­ting off to the best of starts when the Bel­gian gov­ern­ment’s gam­bling author­ity wants it banned. And in fact, that prob­a­bly wasn’t even the worst thing about Star Wars: Bat­tle­front II’s re­lease. The damna­tion it re­ceived in the court of pub­lic opin­ion for an ill-judged and grindy loot box sys­tem seemed ir­re­versible by the close of 2017. And yet here we are, all ex­cited about the game’s new up­dates.

Anakin Sky­walker, Count Dooku, Gen­eral Griev­ous, and Obi-Wan Kenobi are all in­bound to Bat­tle­front II at an as-yet undis­closed re­lease time, and frankly that’s quite the cast list. The forth­com­ing up­date also ush­ers in the chance to play in the Clone Wars era for the first time. It’s clear that EA isn’t sim­ply run­ning away from the mess it made and hop­ing the back­lash burns it­self out to be for­got­ten about. The pub­lisher con­tin­ues to sup­port the game, and how­ever you felt about the game at launch, that’s surely the prefer­able ap­proach now.

In ad­di­tion to all that, there’s some pip­ing hot new Solo con­tent fol­low­ing the movie re­lease. A new Starfighter mode, a new re­gion of Kes­sel, and a new squad sys­tem are all added to the game in a re­cent up­date, breath­ing some ex­tra life into the base game for the diehards who braved all those early prob­lems.

New or­der

Can’t for­give and for­get just yet? Still love Ge­orge Lu­cas’ uni­verse with ev­ery fiber of your be­ing? We feel that. Just turn your at­ten­tion to Res­pawn’s up­com­ing game in­stead. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Or­der is what the Ti­tan­fall dev is cur­rently work­ing on, and it’s as dark as the ti­tle sounds. Set be­tween episodes three and four, it places you in the sci-fi booties of a young Padawan dur­ing an es­pe­cially gloomy time for young Padawans. Fol­low­ing the events of Re­venge Of The Sith, all sur­viv­ing Jedi are be­ing hunted down and ex­ter­mi­nated. We pre­sume Res­pawn has more planned for the game­play than lay­ing low in some re­mote lo­ca­tion though: Th­ese are the for­mer In­fin­ity Ward vet­er­ans who brought you sev­eral years of Call Of Duty spec­ta­cle.

It’s fair to say that Star Wars Jedi:

“There’s some pip­ing hot new Solo con­tent fol­low­ing the movie re­lease”

Fallen Or­der was more of a soft re­veal at E3 2018 than an of­fi­cial info ex­plo­sion. Re­ally it amounted to Vince Zam­pella drop­ping a few coy hints from un­der­neath his snap­back and a vague ‘next year’ re­lease date. Ex­pect to hear a lot more about it at 2019’s edi­tion of the con­fer­ence.

Th­ese com­bined nuggets of good news are in stark con­trast to Vis­ceral’s clo­sure last year and the scrap­ping of what­ever Star Wars sin­gle-player ti­tle they were erst­while hard at work on. In both solo and mul­ti­player gam­ing, EA’s doing its damnedest to bounce back with its Lu­cas prop­er­ties, hope­fully hav­ing learned a few tough les­sons along the way that will safe­guard against fu­ture con­tro­ver­sies and the ire of the Bel­gian gov­ern­ment’s gam­bling author­ity.

Fallen Or­der is out in 2019.

aBoVe the Bat­tle­front II up­dates keep com­ing, so your loy­alty will be re­warded. rIght res­pawn has proven it­self a mas­ter of solo and mul­ti­player ac­tion with ti­tan­fall 2.

jedis re­turn

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