Electronic Arts has confirmed in its latest earnings call that it’s got plans to develop and invest in Respawn Entertainment’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, essentially turning it into a new franchise. This is on top of continuing to invest into other titles, like the Mass Effect series.
“Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order coming to the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 was also a moment for new and returning players to jump into that amazing game,” EA CEO and Director Andrew Wilson stated to investors during the call. “We’re continuing to invest in both of these franchises as well as more of our amazing IP.”
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order was a shift away from Battlefront and Battlefront II titles, which were EA’s first efforts after it gained the Star Wars IP in the 2010s. These were multiplayer-focused games, while Fallen Order is a traditional single-player adventure title.
It also wasn’t crammed full with controversial loot boxes, something Battlefront II suffered heavily from when it first released.
This strategy worked well, as the game sold more than 8 million copies by the end of January 2020, and more than 10 million units by March 2020, exceeding EA’s expectations. Out of the top-selling and highest-earning Star Wars games in the US, Fallen Order is currently second, behind 2015’s Battlefront.
An upgrade for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S was recently made available for free, giving Fallen Order higher-resolution textures and assets, 4K and HDR resolution, and improved 60fps performance.