‘Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’ Departs from EA Philosophy
- Completely single-player experience.
- No microtransactions.
- No Frostbite engine.
- Visceral lightsaber combat.
EA released the trailer above today, a purely narrative demonstration of the upcoming Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. While no gameplay was shown during the trailer, the available information on the game shows promise for a very specific reason–it doesn’t sound like an EA title at all.
For starters, Fallen Order is a wholly single-player experience, which means narrative will be front and center in terms of importance. The story as we know it so far revolves around Cal Kestis, a padawan that managed to survive the purge of Order 66. As seen in the trailer above, Cal lives in hiding since the purge, doing his best to avoid any imperial entanglements until he slips up in a strikingly similar moment to Magneto from X-Men: Apocalypse.
Another deviation from EA’s standard fare is that Fallen Order has not been forced to use the Frostbite engine, which is notoriously difficult to work with. Instead, Respawn Entertainment was able to use Unreal 4, meaning well documented and reliable coding. On top of that, it has already been confirmed by the developers that there will be no microtransactions.
How Respawn managed to escape the crushing influence of their publisher was actually revealed by EA on Reddit, where they bravely still post despite receiving the most downvoted comment of all time in regards to another one of their Star Wars titles. Respawn was acquired by EA after Fallen Order was already in development, thus why it looks like something that doesn’t belong to the recipient of the “Worst Company in America” award for two years in a row.
Gameplay is said to involve an “innovative lightsaber combat system – striking, parrying, dodging – partnered with a suite of powerful Force abilities you’ll need to leverage to overcome obstacles that stand in your way,” and since this system sounds almost Souls-like, I must include that there has been no mention of an easy mode so far.
You can follow along for more information through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the official website. Fallen Order launches on November 15th of this year. It is available for pre-order through Amazon (links below) Xbox One, PS4, and not Steam.
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