According to new rumours, a sequel to the single-player, DLC-free game that Electronic Arts has seen do much better than expected will miss out on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order was a success both critically and in terms of sales. One of the reasons for it was the complete lack of microtransactions, which was a relief after Electronic Arts’ then rather forced live service model. Jeff Grubb, writing for VentureBeat, spoke on Grubbsnax, the paywalled show on Giant Bomb, about the sequel (which is both understandable and justified, given that the first game was great after all).
According to Grubb, “Star Wars Jedi 2 will be new-gen only, where it’s PS5, Xbox Series X and S, and then of course PC. One of the reasons they’re going to be able to do that is because it’s not coming out until 2023. This game is for sure now not coming out until 2023.” By then, the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One will be ten years old.
But there are more positives to this, Grubb argues. For example, these include the fact that Respawn doesn’t have to balance between generational lines, meaning it doesn’t have to scale back the size, concept and even the game’s visuals because of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but can design with more powerful hardware and more modern technology. It may divide people, but there is a rationale behind it.
Grubb added, “It makes it easier to just disassociate yourself with those millions of PlayStation 4s and Xbox Ones out in the world when you are in 2023, and you’re going to have several months of making it very easy to get an Xbox Series X, probably a few months before now and then when it’s okay to get a PlayStation 5. And then, at the same time, you can take advantage of it and do something that feels new.”
Grubb says the Star Wars Jedi sequel will not use the Fallen Order name. There could be an announcement as early as May. We’ll see.