Respawn's big new action-adventure Star Wars game has always excited me. Back in 2016, Respawn said the game would deliver "larger-than-life action" and pay respect to the Star Wars canon. But there's one thing that had me worried: EA. And it still worries me.
Note: Let me preface this by saying this article is more of a prediction than anything. Jedi: Fallen Order could be single-player only without any multiplayer component, but we don't think it's likely. Here's a few reasons why.
Respawn has a huge weight on its shoulders with Jedi: Fallen Order. Not only is the studio up to bat for one of the biggest, and most notoriously turbulent games franchises in existence, but it's expected to restore balance to the disrupted Star Wars games timeline. Following the cancellation of Visceral Games' ambitious "Star Wars Uncharted" project, Battlefront II has been picking up the slack with elongated live service content. But Battlefront II is getting a bit long in the tooth and that responsibility could soon pass to Respawn's new game.
Before we talk about the rationale of a multiplayer mode, let's talk about how Jedi: Fallen Order has been billed. I've seen many sites say the game is singleplayer-only, but I can't seem to find confirmation directly from Respawn or EA themselves.
There's just a snippet from the official Star Wars website that says Jedi: Fallen Order is a "single-player, action-adventure title that tells a new story set shortly after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith."
Respawn has indeed reinforced the idea in how it describes the game. Fallen Order will have great emphasis on storylines, characters, and lore, and Respawn even enlisted Fallout: New Vegas writer Chris Avellone to help pen the project.
But the Star Wars website doesn't explicitly say singleplayer-only, just singleplayer. That could mean it's singleplayer-driven and not exclusively singleplayer. Or maybe it's old news and Jedi: Fallen Order has morphed over time. Remember, games often change dramatically while in development, and just because no one's reporting on it doesn't mean it doesn't happen.
EA also purchased Respawn Entertainment mid-way through Jedi: Fallen Order's development phases...so if EA mandates it, Respawn has to do it.