With best-ever sales, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has risen to the occasion.
Respawn’s lightsaber-twirling action game has been a major success for publisher Electronic Arts. In a press release, EA, Respawn and Lucasfilm have announced that Fallen Order is the fastest-selling digital launch for a Star Wars game in its first two weeks. It’s also EA’s top-selling Star Wars title on PC in its initial launch window.
“On behalf of Respawn and EA, we thank everyone for their support of the studio and the team throughout the development and launch of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Telling a story in the Star Wars galaxy is a dream come true and the reception from the fans has been incredible,” said Respawn head, Vince Zampella.
“With the launch of the game, the debut of The Mandalorian and the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, it’s a great time to be a Star Wars fan!”
Good news for EA
This is the first good Star Wars-related news for EA since the company acquired exclusive rights to the license in 2013.
Fans were disappointed with Star Wars: Battlefront‘s lack of a campaign in 2015. And, in 2017, Star Wars: Battlefront II disappointed on the multiplayer front. The game’s reliance on pay-to-win microtransactions in its pre-release phase causing a PR crisis for EA. It was also a bad look for Disney, less than a month before Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘s release.
“Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order demonstrates the amazing potential for original storytelling in Star Wars games,” said Sean Shoptaw, SVP, Games and Interactive Experiences, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. “The close collaboration between Respawn and Lucasfilm is a perfect example of how we can deliver an experience for fans that is authentic to the stories and worlds they love, while also being an incredibly fun and innovative game.”
With Fallen Order’s launch and Apex Legends’ ongoing success, Respawn has delivered two huge wins for EA in 2019. Here’s hoping EA continues to give the company the freedom to make great games.