During the EA conference today, which started off E3, we got our first look at gameplay of Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order. After the 15 minutes we saw, I can honestly say that my opinions on the game have changed quite a bit. When I first heard about it, I was so uninterested that this game really meant nothing to me. But after seeing some of what it has to offer, I might consider picking it up once it gets released.
There is just one glaring fact that is really hindering my hype for this game, and it’s that EA is publishing this game. It’s no secret that EA has really fumbled in the past with a lot of their games, especially their Star Wars games, and it’s fair that people (including me) are very wary of their games. EA has been criticized for heavily monetizing their games with loot boxes and microtransactions, not having a lot of content in their base games, and their DLC being very overpriced. Jedi Fallen Order looks like it’s going off the beaten EA path since it’s a single-player, story-driven game, but EA being the publisher still makes me nervous. EA has stated that they are not including any microtransactions or look boxes so I will give them that. But there are definitely other things that EA can do to ruin the game, like requesting multiple DLC packs for example.
The truth is that no matter how much passion and love developers put into making a great game and story, it’s usually executives that make the decision to put in shady, money-grabbing mechanics. I’ve never understood why people buy these games Day One – especially when EA has been known to not make the greatest games – just because it’s a Star Wars game. Jedi Fallen Order is hopefully going to break this trend, but there are still ways to ruin a single–player game with things like too much DLC and microtransactions. Players should be wary about just casually and thoughtlessly throwing their money at this game because EA just doesn’t inspire or deserve that kind of loyalty. Games are a business to these people, and buying it means you’re voting with your wallet. But if you don’t care, I’m not going to tell you how to spend your money.