Since its initial release on the PlayStation 2 in 2004, the Star Wars: Battlefront series has been a massive hit. So much so that sequels and updates are often timed to sync with the release of new Star Wars films and television shows. And while the game has been quite the cash cow for the developer EA, die-hard fans of Star Wars have been waiting for an original entry into the series’ video game cannon for some time. Based on an announcement at E3 2018, that wait appears to be over.
While EA has several Star Wars games currently in development, they’ve only released information on one entitledStar Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. The game is to take place between the events of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope. Similar to the Battlefront series, the new game will revolve around an unknown character rather than those well established in the films and television shows.
Per the name and chronological placement, the game will follow a displaced Jedi padawan after Order 66 (The part of Revenge of the Sith where Palpatine has all of the clone troopers wipe out the Jedi to establish his Galactic Empire). Given that the main antagonist will have Jedi powers, we can safely assume that there will be a fair amount of lightsaber gameplay.
Allowing gamers to play as a character trained in the ways of the Force has been a longtime desire for fans, but one largely neglected by developers since 2008’s Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and it’s 2010 sequel. The Battlefront series features lightsaber gameplay but it’s been widely criticized as hack n’ slash, whereas one could write a book on the elaborate combo sets available to players who indulged in The Force Unleashed series.
Beyond that, EA is being pretty tight-lipped about other details. While no official release date has been announced, Jedi Fallen Order is slated for release sometime during next year’s holidays.