Now that will shake things up for Star Wars gamers quite a bit! After years of exclusivity EA will lose its exclusive license! EA will continue developing Star Wars games, but Ubisoft will now develop an open world Star Wars game. So I suppose we can expect something in the vein of Assassin’s Creed or Watch Dogs to come to Star Wars. The new game will be developed with the help of Lucasfilm Games! Nothing else is really known about the game, but more details will certainly follow!
So, what do you think about this big news for Star Wars games? EA has a mixed track record when it comes to Star Wars games, Fallen Order received praise, but its game mechanics felt somewhat outdated and it was not an open world game, EA scrapped various open world games in the past and was unwilling to develop a huge open world game for Star Wars. Now it seems Lucasfilm finally wants a piece of the open world (single player) gaming market, a genre that is still immensenly popular despite EA’s statements from a few years ago that people no longer like these kind of games. Red Dead Redemption 2m Ghost of Tsushima or even the somewhat maligned Cyberpunk 2077, plus all the Assassin’s Creed titles etc prove that there is much demand for open world games. Of course it’s also possible, that the open world game will be an online game, i.e. without a real offline single player campaign, the exact wording Ubisoft uses is “story driven open world game”. We will have to wait for more details to emerge!
Set in the High Republic era, Fans will step into the role of a new Jedi Padawan in a canonical adventure with Master Yoda in this new VR Short coming to Star Wars: Tales From the Galaxy’s Edge. Click through for the full press release.
If you are a fan of VR be sure to check out the trailer for the upcoming VR series Star Wars: Tales from Galaxy’s Edge, officially featuring Anthony Daniels reprising his role as C-3PO.
EA has released a new CG short for Star Wars Squadrons titled Hunted, much like the amazing cinematic trailers from The Old Republic. Click through to check out a solid 7 minutes of fun! Let’s hope they do more of these shorts!
EA dropped a gameplay trailer for Star Wars Squadrons. And with that some more details about the game were released. What many may find important is the statement by EA that just like Fallen Order the game won’t have any microtransactions or things like a battle pass. So how is the game? Click through for more info!
Check out the new trailer for the upcoming space combat game Star Wars: Squadrons, due out October 2nd.
[UPDATED] Info about retail price added
With a trailer coming on Monday, EA teases Star Wars Squadrons. Tune in on Monday, June 15 at 11 AM Eastern to check it out!
Coming soon: Star Wars: Tales From The Galaxy’s Edge, a new action-adventure virtual reality experience, announced by ILMxLAB and Lucasfilm is in development in collaboration with Oculus Studios. Click through for the full press release!
If you’ve picked up any of the Limited Run Games retro re-releases, you’ll be excited to see two more titles launching tomorrow, and on a variety of platforms that will let you play these classic games not only on the PC, but on new systems like the Switch and PS4 too! I picked the Star Wars (NES) set a few months back, and they are packed with lots of goodies in a great book-style presentation. If you are looking for more than just a game, make sure to check them out. Click here to see all the various title formats launching tomorrow! These go on sale tomorrow at 10 AM Eastern time and usually sell out pretty fast.
Star Wars: Dark Forces and Star Wars: Dark Forces II get limited-edition releases starting tomorrow. Get the full details on all three editions after the jump!
After a few glitches and errors, the Spoiler-Free Jedi: Fallen Order Review is now up for your enjoyment! This review is EVERYTHING about the game except for the plot and story. So, if you’re on the fence, planning on playing it soon or just want to know what we think, be sure to check it out! The Spoiler-Filled review will soon follow, so come on in and share your thoughts in the comments, but keep them SPOILER FREE for this one.
The third installment for the Star Wars VR series Vader Immortal is now out! Click through for complete details, gallery, and holiday promotion information…
The epic conclusion to the ILMxLAB VR game Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series will drop on Oculus Quest and Rift headsets on November 21. Vader Immortal: Episode III will wrap up the story that began in the first episode which finds a Force-sensitive smuggler being recruited by Darth Vader. The game allows you to wield thermal detonators, Imperial blasters, and of course, you can use the Force along with your trusty lightsaber. If you haven’t yet, I suggest checking it out here!
EA Star Wars has released the latest trailer for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Click through to watch the full trailer and discuss!
Gamestop is offering online only a Vintage Star Wars Home Arcade Console standing five feet tall. The console includes 3 games (Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi) and is completely decorated with vintage artwork. It’s an interesting offering but would make a cool addition to a collection room. Thanks to JTA reader John for letting us know about this! Click here for the product page.
The Star Wars Home Arcade Game features the artwork from the original arcade machine on the cabinet and the included riser. The just over 5′ tall machine (slightly below 4′ without the riser) comes with a light-up marquee, full-color 17″ display and dual speakers. These features, combined with the real-feel flight yoke and control buttons allow for endless hours of gaming! The Star Wars Home Arcade Game is easy to assemble and comes with a clear deck protector. The Star Wars Home Arcade Game features the original arcade versions of the classic games based on Star Wars: A New Hope, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi!
This week, Limited Run Games will be releasing 3 more titles for their Retro series. Make sure to set your clocks as Star Wars™: The Empire Strikes Back for the NES and Game Boy will be available on Friday, July 26th at 10 am and 6 pm EDT on limitedrungames.com. They will also be releasing Shadows of the Empire on N64. Click through for more details, including details on the Collector’s Edition sets…
This Friday, Limited Run Games launches their partnership with Lucasfilm Games to begin re-releasing retro Star Wars titles. They are starting with Star Wars: Bounty Hunter on PS4, Star Wars on NES, and Star Wars on Game Boy. Standard editions will come in their own unique blister packs, reminiscent of the action figures of our youth, while Collector’s Editions come in premium rigid boxes and include the game, commemorative coin, and an enamel pin featuring the cartridge.
Fans of the LEGO Star Wars video game franchise will be happy to know it’s returning in 2020 with LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. Head over to StarWars.com for full details!
Earlier today EA finally revealed some actual (alpha) gameplay footage for the upcoming Star Wars Game Fallen Order, which will be released on November 15th.
The footage shows a mission on Kashyyyk and in my opinion this all looks very promising. Watch the footage after the jump!
ILMxLAB has put together a guide to Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series – Episode I to get you ready for this immersive experience. This is high on my list to experience once I can justify purchasing the Oculus Quest. The Vader Immortal episode itself is only $9.99. But, the Oculus Quest will set you back just a little bit more than that. You can check out the wireless gaming system over on Amazon. I had the chance to try the 7-minute demo at Star Wars Celebration last month and was blown away. For those that have picked this up and played through the 1-hour experience, let us know some spoiler-free opinions in the comments!
Respawn Entertainment (developer of Titanfall, owned by EA) finally revealed a trailer for the upcoming Star Wars Game Jedi: Fallen Order, in which you play an Order 66 survivor, a young male Padawan named Cal Kestis, who tries to blend in. Barriss Offee is supposed to be featured in the game as well. It was already revealed yesterday that the game will be single player only and that there won’t be any microtransactions. So fans of story based games may finally get something from EA. The game has a release date of November 15th. There’s one thing however which raises eyebrows. Respawn merely released a story trailer, no actual gameplay footage was shown. Mere seven months before release you would think they have at least something to show. That they didn’t present any gameplay at all should make fans somewhat wary.
Maybe the game will once more be developed in typical EA fashion: big crunch time towards the end where the devs will code 24/7, six months straight, with the game still not really finished on release date and needing several patches post release. Let’s hope the game will actually be finished and more or less bug-free when it is released in November!
Also revealed earlier today on the Star Wars Show Live (around the 5 hour 4 minute mark) was the following: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will have NO microtransactions and NO multiplayer, it will strictly be a story focused single player game. The statement was made by Vince Zampalla, head of Respawn Entertainment, who develop the game. I suppose this news is something that should elate all gamers who have been asking for something like that for years now. Maybe EA have learned their lesson not just with Battlefront II, but also with missteps like Anthem. More details about Fallen Order will be revealed on Saturday, so stay tuned! But this news alone makes me a lot more excited for it.
In case you’ve forgotten it, this year we’ll not only get a new Star Wars movie, but there’s also a new Star Wars game in development, which is supposed to be released in late 2019. EA is not the most popular video game company (and I am being nice here), but after several cancelled story based Star Wars games “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order” will most likely see the light of day. Amazon is already listing “The Art of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order” book on their page. And they even updated the page and added a cover graphic for the book. So what you see below is apparently the official logo of the game. It’s in line with the movies and previous EA games. However, this will be the first Star Wars game developed by EA which actually focuses on story. You will play as an Order 66 survivor, a few years after the events of Revenge of the Sith. And remember, the game will be canon. I am curious what they come up with and somewhat excited for this game. Let’s hope it will give us a worthy successor to games like KOTOR and won’t be yet another cash grab and lootbox travesty. EA needs some good press for a change, especially following games such as Anthem.
According to Kotaku EA just cancelled its single player open world Star Wars game which was in development at EA Vancouver since late 2017. EA had cancelled a previous iteration of a single player Star Wars game before when Visceral Games was closed. This is the second time now a single player (and open world) Star Wars game is nixed by EA.
EA went on record previously that they don’t really like open world (single player) games and prefer games as a service (i.e. Battlefront II that encourages you to pay a lot of money on top of what you pay for the initial game). So it seems that Star Wars will have to wait much, much longer before fans can have their Star Wars version of Red Dead Redemption 2, Spider-Man or God of War. Open world single player games that did incredibly well in 2018 and broke several records.
Jedi: Fallen Order is still in development though and is supposed to be a single player game. But probably not open world and much more linear. Not much is known about the project.
My comment is that I wish Disney would give the Star Wars games license to any other publisher. What do you think about all this? Leave your thoughts in the comments!
I am really busy playing Red Dead Redemption 2 these days. Which is why I have little time for other things at the moment.
But while playing RDR2 or other, similar open world, story based single player games such as Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Witcher 3 or Tomb Raider (the reboot) one thought always crosses my mind: why are there no single player, open world, story focused Star Wars games? Click through for some thoughts!
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