Respawn Entertainment, the makers of the hit battle royale game Apex Legends, have finally revealed their next venture – Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, which will be published by EA. The game will be a story-driven single-player game, devoid of any micro-transactions or even multiplayer support. This came as a surprise to gamers everywhere as Respawn’s previous games have always followed the trend of online shooters. While their Titanfall franchise did include single-player campaigns, most people remember them for their robust multiplayer maps. And so, to see the developer announce a new Star Wars game to be published by EA is a little surprising.
The last time EA tried to publish a game based on the Star Wars IP, nearly the whole gaming industry took notice and offered criticism. We all remember the Battlefront II fiasco, which as many would say popularized the “games-as-a-service” model which many companies now strive for. Even franchises which were previously known for their single-player narratives have started to adopt this new business model. Just take a look at Assassin’s Creed. That coupled with EA’s follow-up releases being received negatively have left a bad taste. And so, the hype surrounding Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is fairly apprehensive.
But the game is being developed by Respawn Entertainment, so it’s gotta be good, right? While the developers’ previous games have been some of the better ones being published by EA, Jedi: Fallen Order marks the first time the studio will delve into something outside of their comfort zone. The game is neither an FPS nor does it have multiplayer. This puts Respawn at a fair disadvantage, as far as fan reception is concerned.
So, the question remains- Can Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order redeem EA? The same question was posed towards BioWare‘s recent release, Anthem. Yes, I know that Anthem is another addition to the games-as-a-service model that EA pushes so hard on its games, but fans around the world had their hopes up for the game mostly because of BioWare. Anthem may have flopped, but BioWare has been on fans’ hate list ever since Mass Effect: Andromeda released.
With Apex Legends bringing in the success that it has, it remains to be seen whether Respawn will be able to deliver on a good Star Wars game at last. If anything, the company has previously expressed its disapproval of the EA’s business practices. Let’s just hope that their next venture is just as successful.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order releases on 15 November, 2019.
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