Game designer and writer Chris Avellone has announced that he’s finished up work on Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order. He’s also working on a secret project that may be announced in the next month.
Avellone is known as the writer behind several story-driven video games, including one of the most popular Star Wars titles ever made: Knights of the Old Republic II — The Sith Lords. His more recent work includes Divinity: Original Sin II, Prey, and Into the Breach—the first of which made our top 10 games of 2017 list and the latter of which is one of our favorites for 2018. Avellone was also on the writing team at Obsidian for Fallout: New Vegas and he was the lead storyteller for Pathfinder: Kingmaker. Other than Jedi Fallen Order and his secret, unannounced project, Avellone’s future work also includes Dying Light 2.
I can’t say 100% b/c of NDAs, but the ones I can say: I just finished up work with Jedi: The Fallen Order — and beyond that, there’s another big bomb dropping in a month! Er, I mean, maybe. Ahem.
— Chris Avellone (@ChrisAvellone) March 1, 2019
Jedi Fallen Order is being made by Respawn, the developer behind the first-person shooter Titanfall 2 and battle royale game Apex Legends. Respawn CEO Vince Zampella officially announced the upcoming Star Wars game at E3 2018. He described Jedi Fallen Order as a dark story that transpires between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. You’ll take on the role of a Jedi Padawan that escaped Order 66, and, armed with a lightsaber, explore an Empire-ruled galaxy. Exact details haven’t been announced yet, but there are certain characters, places, and storylines we hope to see unfold in Jedi Fallen Order.
EA has announced that more details about Jedi Fallen Order will be revealed at this year’s Star Wars Celebration. The event is scheduled April 11-15, with the Jedi Fallen Order reveal set for Saturday, April 13 during a special panel. Hopefully, during the Star Wars Celebration, we’ll get some more information about the new season for The Clone Wars. The animated series is getting a surprise seventh season—after being cancelled in 2014—but there hasn’t been much talk about it since the Comic-Con 2018 announcement that the show was coming back.
Jedi Fallen Order is currently scheduled for Fall 2019. Previous announcements stated the release date would specifically align with the holiday season, but an EA financial report may have implied that the game could be coming out earlier than that. That same report revealed that EA has new Plants vs. Zombies and Need for Speed games planned as well.