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Big News Just Dropped For Jedi Fallen Order Fans

A galaxy far, far away is receiving a sequel that's much closer than you'd think. Recent comments from people close to the franchise suggest that a sequel to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is finally in the works.

Thanks to a transcript of an earnings call with EA (via Twinfinite), we know that we haven't seen the last of rogue Jedi Cal Kestis and his band of outlaws. According to EA CEO Andrew Wilson, Fallen Order is merely the "first title in an entirely new franchise." This certainly seems to imply that a sequel is already in the planning stages, if not in active development. 

Back in November 2019, Respawn's Dan Houser told GamesRadar that Respawn would love to make a follow-up to Fallen Order. Houser said, "For a new team thats come together at Respawn, its been a lot of learning to pull this off. Pending player reaction and feedback, and how everyone's feeling about it, we would love to continue making awesome experiences and stories and keep telling that story in Star Wars."

This seemed to indicate that a follow-up could happen if the game did well and the higher-ups were pleased. Of course, Fallen Order was a rousing success for EA. Not only did players love it, but even Disney seemed to be very pleased with Respawn's treatment of the Star Wars license.

Many believed it broke the streak of underwhelming to infuriating Star Wars games that had been released by EA since he company gained the Star Wars license way back in 2013. Critics mostly adored the game. IGN's Dan Stapleton wrote, "It's been ages since we got a great single-player Star Wars action game, but Jedi: Fallen Order makes up for a lot of lost time. A strong cast sells a dark story while keeping things fun and loyal to Star Wars lore, and fast, challenging combat mixes with energetic platforming, decent puzzles, and diverse locations to explore for an all-around amazing game."

Fallen Order seemed like a course correction in many ways. Unlike previous games like Star Wars Battlefront 2, which received an incredible amount of flak, Fallen Order featured no loot boxes or micro transactions. Players were expected to rely on their skills to win, rather than paying for an easier battle.

Even though the game featured at least a few battles that seemed practically impossible to win, the game had a balanced combat system. It has been praised for its difficulty level and additions to the Star Wars lore. Speaking of which, the ending of Fallen Order leaves the door wide open for further adventures involving Cal Kestis and his crew of misfits. 

In addition to Wilson and Houser's comments, we know that Respawn has posted job listings that seem to be for a game very similar to Fallen Order. At the very least, we know Respawn is looking for someone "invigorated by the idea of coding third person action/adventure games" who also enjoys Star Wars.

Even though it may be a bit of a wait for the sequel to Fallen Order, fans of the game have plenty of brand new content to keep them busy. On May 4, Respawn and EA announced the first DLC for Fallen Order. The DLC unlocked all of the cosmetics in the game, granting new outfits to Cal and new coats of paint for his droid pal, BD-1. 

In addition, the DLC also offers new challenge maps for Cal to fight his way through. These challenges can be faced on different planets throughout the galaxies. The challenges throw different monsters and other enemies at players, but there's a twist. Players can now design their own challenge maps, situating enemies and hazards in different areas and sending them out in waves. It also appears that players can pick different parameters for these challenges, including taking away your ability to heal during a match. In other words, even though there are no current plans for story DLCs for Fallen Order, there's plenty of new things to explore. 

Best of all? The DLC is absolutely free for players who already own Fallen Order. It really feels like the start of a brand new day for EA's Star Wars games.

Hopefully we'll get an official word on the new game and plot details in the near future. In the meantime, the hype over the upcoming sequel and the new DLC make this feel like the right time to replay the first game. After all, that Inquisitor uniform from the new DLC is the perfect get-up for a play through of Fallen Order's New Journey Plus mode.