With EA Visceral and EA Motive’s Star Wars games cancelled and Battlefront II doing well… fine, the Star Wars game currently in development at Respawn Entertainment has been the subject of much interest. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, announced awkwardly by Respawn CEO Vince Zampella at E3, is currently in development at the studio behind Titanfall 2 and Apex Legends.
Today designer and writer Chris Avellone let it be known he has finished up work on the game. When asked what games he’s writing other than the upcoming Dying Light 2, he replied: “I can't say 100% b/c of NDAs, but the ones I can say: I just finished up work with Jedi: The Fallen Order - and beyond that, there's another big bomb dropping in a month! Er, I mean, maybe. Ahem.”
Avellone is something of a low-key star – an independent narrative designer and writer with credits on cult favorites like Divinity: Original Sin II, Prey, Fallout: New Vegas and Into the Breach. But most relevant is his work on Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords, one of the most critically celebrated Star Wars games ever made.
Described as a dark story that takes place between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, players will take on the role of a Jedi Padawan that escaped Order 66, and explore an Empire-ruled galaxy. Exact details haven't been announced yet, but EA has announced that more details will be coming at Star Wars Celebration, the fan event that will take place on April 11-April 15 this year.
Fallen Order is scheduled for release as soon as Fall 2019, so it’s surprising how little we know. Still, we can only hope that this game will satiate fans thirst for Star Wars games. EA holds the exclusive rights from Disney to develop and publish Star Wars games, but between two Battlefronts and a bunch of mobile games it’s been slim pickings.