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