The world of Star Wars has expanded greatly since Disney took over Lucasfilm. Not only have fans been treated to a sequel trilogy, two spin-off films, and two Disney+ series - with plenty more on the way - but the change in leadership has led to a resurgence of Star Wars in gaming. EA has been front-and-center of the gaming push with its reboot of the Battlefront shooter franchise, but also its acclaimed title from the developers of Titanfall, Jedi: Fallen Order.
Respawn's third-person action-adventure experience introduced gamers to Cameron Monaghan's Cal Kestis, a Padawan survivor of Order 66. The critically-acclaimed adventure took players sent players on a mission that could revive the Jedi order, whilst also evading the wrath of the Inquisitors.
Ever since the first installment debuted in 2019 - having since received released for PS5 and Xbox Series X - gamers have been clamoring for news on the follow-up. Those calls were answered as EA announced three new Star Wars games: a first-person shooter, a strategy game, and a Jedi: Fallen Order sequel.
Star Wars fans have since been wondering when they will get more news on the sequel, which is expected to be officially revealed in May. But a recent report may have revealed some disappointing release news for some gamers.
Jedi: Fallen Order 2 Goes Current-Gen Exclusive
Gaming industry insider Jeff Grubb revealed in the latest episode of his Nintendo-centric podcast - via Bespin Bulletin - that the sequel to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will release exclusively on next-gen consoles and PC.
The popular gaming guru claims the highly-anticipated sequel will not be released on PS4 and Xbox One, and will instead be exclusive to PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.
This may come as disappointing to many fans, considering third parties' current tendency to release blockbuster games on both past and current-gen systems, like Saint's Row, Sonic Frontiers, Gotham Knights, and Hogwarts: Legacy, has created an expectation that a game like Fallen Order 2 would do the same. This is especially true considering the shortage of current-gen consoles on the market, making it harder to experience new releases if games do not have an equivalent past-gen version.
Grubb went on to state that the Jedi: Fallen Order sequel is expected to be officially revealed at May's Star Wars Celebration event - which aligns with previous reports. The event takes place on the weekend of May 26 to 29.
Last-Gen Star Wars Fans Prepare for Disappointment
Even almost two years after release, getting your hands on a PS5 or Xbox Series X remains a tough task. There are still countless gamers waiting patiently for each restock to come in, in the hopes of being one of the lucky few to get their hands on one.
As more time continues to pass with these consoles out there, the number of titles that move toward current-gen exclusivity will only increase. This year's God of War: Ragnarok has even been reported to be the last PlayStation exclusive title to come to PS4, marking the end of an era for the platform.
The news that Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 2 will abandon older consoles will be sad for many, but also offers the title far more opportunity to expand on the original. By abandoning support for outdated hardware altogether, Respawn can now build something far bigger and better than the original.
Should Grubb's news prove accurate, fans won't have long to wait to catch their first glimpse at the Jedi: Fallen Order sequel, as Star Wars Celebration is only a month away. The insider has even claimed in the past that Respawn's next Star Wars adventure ought to be out before the end of the year so, provided things are on track, gamers are in for a thrilling and fast-paced run-up to launch.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is available now on PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC.