One of the most exciting news that came from the Lucasfilm-Disney deal was that Electronic Arts was slated to make triple A titles for the franchise. Unfortunately, since the deal was done in 2013, we have only had two games and both were beyond lackluster. Battlefront was mired in multiplayer, while its sequel was mired in micro-transaction controversy. It seems that they may have corrected themselves with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
EA teamed up with Respawn to create a single-player Jedi fantasy game that has zero micro-transaction. Featuring Cameron Monaghan from Gotham and Shameless, he is a young Jedi that managed to escape the purge and is on the run. Forcing himself to try and remain low-key and not reveal his true self by using his Jedi abilities.
Judging by the passion of Respawn, they took great care to set this in the years following Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. Not to mention that the use of a character that was recently introduced in Marvel Comics’ Darth Vader #19, Second Sister’s use shows that Respawn is trying hard to make fans feel like this is all connected.
While the trailer looks great and the voice actor is on point, it does not take the stong away of EA possible screwing things up with micro-transactions later on. They have been known to do this before and its use in Battlefront2 led to a revolt that made people not want to purchase the game – even though it had a single-player campagin that was worth checking out.
Much like what is happening with the Star Wars films in general, it seems their plan was to inudate the market with Star Wars products and media that it would be a cash cow, like Marvel. Unfortunately, for Disney and fans, it doesn’t seem like their was a paln in place. More along the line of throw out everything and see what sticks. This is something Star Trek fans have dealt with from Paramount, you can’t ding us for cash forever.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will be released on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on November 15, 2019.