Respawn Entertainment has announced that the highly-anticipated gameplay for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will debuted at EA Play during E3 2019. While no actual date has been announced, the reveal could happen as early as June 7 when the EA Play event begins.
Expectations are high for the newest installment in the Star Wars franchise of games. Respawn CEO Vince Zampella stated during the initial announcement that the game would take place in the Dark Times period, which occurs at the close of the Clone Wars as the last Jedi are systematically hunted down.
Excitement is high among players who have been craving a rich, story-driven game. Currently, EA has stated that the game will have no multiplayer, loot boxes, or microtransatcions. In addition, Respawn has industry-proven experience in developing first-person shooters, with such well-received titles such as Titanfall and Apex Legends, meaning that there is no cause for concern then regarding the capability of the developer.
Skeptical fans of the franchise have been justified in their fears over the past few years. First there have been a number of games announced, with substantial hype built around them, only for a cancellation to shatter the dreams of players. Battle of the Sith Lords, Star Wars: Attack Squadrons, Star Wars 1313, Star Wars Battlefront 3, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 3, Star Wars: Dark Squadron, and others are examples of such games that did not make to release.
At the same time, EA has not exactly had a positive track record with its public relations, as evidenced with Star Wars: Battlefront II. The controversy in that case began after the initial system of character progression was revealed, one that was so ridiculous in how little it gave to players that there was an almost immediate revolt online in forums.
The heart of the issue related to the inclusion of loot boxes in a AAA title that was already priced at $60, making players wonder what exactly they were paying for if so many items were gated behind either an unreasonably long grind, or alternatively, an expensive unboxing through the in-game store.
It is for these reasons that the excitement around Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has grown so quickly, and the gameplay reveal cannot arrive soon enough.