The sequel to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will be released in 2023 for new gen systems, it’s been claimed.
VentureBeat reporter Jeff Grubb made the claim during his premium Giant Bomb show Grubbsnax (transcribed by VGC).
“Star Wars Jedi 2 is going to be new-gen only, where itâs PS5, Xbox Series X and S, and then of course PC,” Grubb said.
“One of the reasons that theyâre going to be able to do that is because itâs not coming out until 2023. This game is for sure now not coming out until 2023.”
According to Grubb, the decision to focus solely on new gen systems “has some upsides” because “they donât have to worry about trying to straddle these generation lines”.
“It makes it easier to just disassociate yourself with those millions of PS4s and Xbox Ones out in the world when you are in 2023 and youâre going to have several months of making it very easy to get an Xbox Series X, probably a few months before now and then when itâs actually okay to get a PS5,” he said.
“And then at the same time you can take advantage of it and do something that feels new.â
EA officially announced a sequel to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order in January, along with two other new Star Wars projects in development at Fallen Order development studio Respawn Entertainment.
According to Grubb, EA and Respawn had previously been targeting a 2022 release, but this now won’t happen.
Grubb also claimed that EA will be dropping the Fallen Order name for the sequel, and that the game will likely be shown in some form at the Star Wars Celebration in May (though it’s not set to have its own panel).
Along with Star Wars Jedi 2, EA confirmed in January that Respawn is working on a new Star Wars first-person shooter game being helmed by former LucasArts veteran and Medal of Honor co-creator Peter Hirschmann.
Hirschmann has previously worked on the original Star Wars Battlefront games, The Force Unleashed and more, and most recently directed 2020 VR title Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond.
Respawnâs third Star Wars project is a strategy game developed through a production collaboration with Bit Reactor, which is a new studio formed by veterans of XCOM and Civilization studio Firaxis Games.
Respawn will produce the new Star Wars strategy game while Bit Reactor leads on the development of the title, EA said.
The news followed last yearâs confirmation that Lucasfilmâs previous exclusivity deal with EA was set to end by partnering with Ubisoft on a new open-world game, although EA responded by stating that its âlong-standing collaboration with Lucasfilm Gamesâ¦ will continue for years to comeâ.
Quantic Dream, the independent developer behind narrative games Detroit and Heavy Rain, also recently announced Star Wars Eclipse.
EA has previously said that its Star Wars exclusivity deal â signed in 2013 â would last for 10 years and its comms director claimed last year that the agreement was still in place, suggesting Ubisoftâs and Quantic Dreamâs games also wonât be released before 2023.