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Will Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Have Microtransactions?

EA has learned its lesson and has taken steps not to ruin another Star Wars game. At the 2019 Star Wars celebration, developer Respawn Entertainment's founder Vince Zampella put the plan for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order into simple terms: "No multiplayer. No microtransactions. It's a story game." Cue the wild cheers.

EA backed up these claims with some follow up tweets.

"No microtransactions. No loot boxes. And no, we won't be adding them, " the publisher swore in a tweet, promising that Jedi: Fallen Order would be "A single-player Star Wars story for those of you who are ready to become a Jedi."

EA has a very, very complicated past when it comes to producing Star Wars games, so we can only hope that the company keeps this promise, and has truly learned that not every game needs to have microtransactions. 

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is being produced by none other than EA, the company that currently has exclusive rights to produce games under the illustrious Star Wars name. This once in a lifetime deal has been more of a curse than a boon. EA gained enduring infamy when it rendered the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Battlefront II into a pay-to-win scheme with some seriously predatory microtransactions. The path to unlocking content that by all rights should have been included in the game's $60 price tag was blocked by thousands of hours of grinding or a couple thousand dollars. Take your pick

Players chose to air out their ire on social media, and EA didn't do the best job of handling the increasingly angry pressure from players. The most downvoted comment in Reddit history was from an EA representative who tried to explain the controversial system by saying, "The intent is to provide players with a sense of pride and accomplishment for unlocking different heroes."

Yeah, okay, whatever. When it comes to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, there won't be anything to unlock. As a single-player, story-driven game players will assume the role of Cal Kestis, a survivor of the Empire's devastating Order 66. Just a Padawan, he's on the run from Purge Troopers who seek to find and destroy any vestiges of the fallen Jedi Order.

EA, thus far, hasn't been a good steward of the Star Wars license

Of course, if you're skeptical, you have every right to be.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is being published by EA, which currently has exclusive rights to produce games under the illustrious Star Wars name. And this once in a lifetime deal has been more of a curse than a boon for the company. EA caught a lot of heat when it stuffed the highly anticipated Star Wars: Battlefront 2 with pay to win mechanics and some seriously predatory microtransactions. The path to unlocking content that should have been included in the game's $60 price tag was blocked by thousands of hours of grinding, or a couple thousand dollars (take your pick). 

Players chose to make their collective unhappiness known on social media, and EA didn't do the best job of handling the increasingly angry pressure from players. The most downvoted comment in Reddit history was from an EA representative who tried to explain the controversial system by saying, "The intent is to provide players with a sense of pride and accomplishment for unlocking different heroes." Yeah, okay.

When it comes to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, there won't be anything to unlock. As a single-player, story-driven game, Jedi: Fallen Order will enable players to assume the role of Cal Kestis, a survivor of the Empire's devastating Order 66. Just a Padawan, he's on the run from Purge Troopers who seek to find and destroy any vestiges of the fallen Jedi Order.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order comes to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on Nov. 15, 2019.