It looks like Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is releasing later than initially expected. The upcoming game and highly anticipated sequel to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, has been officially delayed. The game will now launch over a month later in April and has been pushed back from its original March 17 release date.
Game director Stig Asmussen announced the news in an official statement on behalf of developer Respawn Entertainment and publisher Electronic Arts. You can view the statement posted on social media below:
STAR WARS JEDI: SURVIVOR RELEASE PUSHED BACK TO APRIL
So what exactly happened here to cause the six-week delay? According to Stig Asmussen, the development team at Respawn is currently in the final stage of finishing up the game. Per Asmussen, “bug fixes to enhance performance, stability, polish, and most importantly, the player experience.”
The game director also calls the title a direct response to the first game’s community feedback, which will deliver players “expansive destinations to explore, evolved combat and traversal, and of course, the continuation of Cal and BD’s story,” referring to protagonist Cal Kestis and his droid companion, BD-1. According to Asmussen, the Respawn team needed this extra time to “deliver the level of polish” that the fans deserve.
At this time, it seems acceptable to give Respawn and Asmussen the benefit of the doubt. While Electronic Arts’ reputation is undoubtedly tainted and sullied, Respawn did a tremendous job with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. So in this case, they do deserve the benefit of the doubt to hopefully deliver a finished and more polished product. That polish and fine-tuning are what happens very late in the game’s development, so hopefully, those issues are smoothed out.
However, if the delay doesn’t fix the game or make sure a superior product is delivered, it will hurt the game’s reception and Respawn’s reputation. It’s not unusual for big-budget AAA games to have underwhelming launches where the games are in a poor state of play and gamer enjoyment, or the games just fail to deliver on what was promised.
For now, it’s still wait-and-see with Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, but hopefully, it delivers on what Respawn is promising and the game is an experience that can match or surpass Fallen Order. Hopefully, it’s not another case of the Star Wars Battlefront series from EA or Marvel’s Avengers from Square Enix.
The other concern is that six weeks still might not be enough time to make sure the game is exceptional. Cyberpunk 2077 underwent many delays before its release, and the game still launched in a rather poor state. Before what happened with Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt RED had a much better reputation with gamers. That all went away after the unacceptable state the game was released in.
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor now hits the shelves on April 28. The game will be available on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and Windows PC via the EA App, Steam, and Epic Games Store. It will be available for the price of $69.99.
Survivor picks up five years after the events of Fallen Order. Cal Kestis continues his crusade against the Empire, which has only grown more perilous. The Dark Times are closing in, and enemies new and familiar are surrounding Cal, who must make a choice on how far he is willing to go to save those closest to him.
What do you think of the news? Do you think this was the right decision for Star Wars Jedi Survivor? Or do you think this is a bad sign for the game’s eventual release? Let us know what you think about the topic on The Illuminerdi Twitter account.
SOURCE: Electronic Arts, Twitter