Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order sounds like it’s getting more than just a sequel as EA is surprised at how well Mass Effect Legendary Edition sold.
For years EA was criticised about how it used the Star Wars licence, with only two Battlefront games and multiple cancelled projects to show for itself. They finally came good with 2019’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order though, whose critical and commercial success immediately guaranteed a sequel.
Like most things – such as today’s talk about a new Battlefield every two years – EA has heavily implied a sequel is underway but never actually confirmed it, although the latest comments make it sound like multiple games are being planned.
While discussing the better-than-expected sales of Mass Effect Legendary Edition, CEO Andrew Wilson commented that, ‘We are going to continue to invest in both of these franchises as well as more of our amazing IP’.
Wilson was talking about Fallen Order specifically at that point (to be precise, the new next gen versions) and not Star Wars in general, with the implication seeming to be that some kind of spin-off is being considered.
Now that Ubisoft and other publishers also have the rights to make Star Wars games it’s unclear exactly what the limits are on what EA can produce, but it’s likely they no longer have the freedom to use the licence as they once did. In that context producing more games that are directly related to Fallen Order helps avoid stepping on anyone else’s toes.
They did make the completely unrelated Star Wars: Squadrons though, with developer EA Motive known to be working on another Star Wars title, so until they or Lucasfilm Games explains the situation better it’s hard to know exactly what they can and cannot do.
One other factor is that, depending on what happens to him, lead character Cal Kestis is potentially one of the few Jedi left alive by the end of the original Star Wars trilogy. This could make him an important cross-media character for The Mandalorian and other Disney+ shows set around the same period, especially as voice and motion capture actor Cameron Monaghan has plenty of TV and film experience.
Until an official announcement is made the future of EA’s Star Wars games remains clouded, but they’ve already said they won’t announce any new games until 2022 (probably at the Star Wars Celebration convention in May).
What’s going with Mass Effect is equally unclear, as while Wilson described the recent remaster as selling ‘well above our expectations’ he offered no new information on Mass Effect 4.
‘We are in early stages on the project and can’t say any more just yet’, was all he said but clearly the remaster doing so well can only be good news for the new game and the budget it will be afforded.
Add in the recently announced remake of Dead Space (and Dragon Age 4 removing its multiplayer component) and suddenly EA’s slate is bursting with single-player games, which is quite the turnaround given that only a few years ago the publisher dismissed single-player games as no longer being popular.
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