Star Wars Meets PUBG: Will the Space Opera Go Battle Royale?
Electronic Arts, responsible for designing a string of Star Wars-themed titles, shows with its multiplayer games how battle royale genre reshaped the entire gaming industry. And to stay afloat, many legendary franchises have to repeat the PUBG/Fortnite formula these days. Will Star Wars be the next one to hop on the battle royale bandwagon?
Apex Legends is another title, published by EA Games. This online free-to-play shooter obviously draws inspiration from Fortnite, borrowing its battle royale aesthetics and overall dynamic tempo of a fast-paced online deathmatch. This summer Apex Legends will see a fresh update that will introduce new weaponry, characters and a slight touch on the gameplay. To make things happen even faster.
Apex Legends showed pretty good financial results. After its first release, the game became an unexpected hit, attracting about 50 million players worldwide. The peak profits it managed to earn was around $90 million in its first three months. The success of the game seemed to have waned during the spring though. However, Vince Zampella, head of the studio that develops Apex Legends, believes that working with the players' feedback is the sure way to success.
At the moment, the most anticipated Star Wars game is the upcoming Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. The game relives historical events that are pivotal to the SW universe, right after Order 66 was executed. Jedi order gets slaughtered, Darth Vader rises to power, and you're supposed to survive the galaxy's darkest time. The game takes a traditional approach towards gameplay/storytelling, supposedly inspired by such classics as Jedi Academy and others.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will premiere November 15, 2019. The game is expected to be free from the pay-to-win plague that destroyed Battlefront. Apex Legends Season 2 will begin on July 2, 2019, and will feature new machine-gun L-Star and other equipment and inventory upgrades.
Considering that Star Wars: Battlefront turned into a fiasco due to the unwise IAP policy and that Apex Legends could use some stimulus to breathe new life in the fan community, it's not unlikely we'll witness a royale battle game set in the SW lore. It doesn't have to be a brand new title after all. A Star Wars expansion in the Apex Legends seasons to come could make a great collaboration eventually.