Jedi: Fallen Order wasn't always a Star Wars title

Jedi: Fallen Order wasn't always a Star Wars title

2019's Jedi: Fallen Order from developer Respawn Entertainment and publisher EA wasn't always a Star Wars game it turns out.

That's according to narrative lead Aaron Contreras, who told the Beyond the Screenplay podcast that when he joined the project in August 2017, Jedi: Fallen Order had only been a Star Wars game for around a year. In fact, the team was working on the game as an action-adventure title for a different IP, though the narrative writer doesn't say what it originally was.

"I think it had been a Star Wars game for about a year [before I joined Respawn] or over a year," Contreras said.

"The team actually was working on a different third-person action-adventure IP for a while and then it became a Star Wars game once LucasFilm and Electronic Arts saw the potential in what the team was making."

Jedi: Fallen Order launched in November 2019 with publisher EA saying after its release that it was its top-selling Star Wars launch on PC to date, which isn't saying much. The title did shoot to the top of the Steam charts and held it for two weeks on release, though.

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