Fans of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order were elated when its sequel was announced at the Star Wars Celebration event in May last year. Soon after, the official trailer dropped at The Game Awards 2022 and confirmed that the game would be released in 2023. After what has been an arduous wait, the game is finally coming out tomorrow, April 27.
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor release time and date
EA is set to launch Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, an epic new adventure that will continue Cal’s story, on separate dates globally. Players who have already bought the game can now preload it, and the title will go live on the follow times and dates across various countries.
- LA, CA, USA – 9 PM, April 27
- New York – 12 AM, April 28
- Mexico – 10 PM, April 27
- Brazil – 1 AM, April 28
- UK – 5 AM, April 28
- Germany – 6 AM, April 28
- Nigeria – 5 AM, April 28
- India – 9:30 AM, April 28
- Saudi Arabia – 7 AM, April 28
- Australia – 1 PM, April 28
- Japan – 01:00 PM, April 28
Previously, at The Game Awards 2022, the action-adventure title was announced to be launching on March 17, 2023. However, the development studio, Respawn Entertainment, decided they would take an extra six weeks to perfect the game further.
In a post on the official EA Star Wars Twitter page, they explained the delay would help the team “hit the Respawn quality bar” and “achieve the level of polish” fans deserve. At the time, they were already in the final stage of development, focusing on “bug fixes to enhance performance, stability, polish, and most importantly, the player experience.”
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Star Wars Jedi: Survivor will release on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S this year, as per Respawn. No mention has been made of older-generation systems, so it is unlikely that the game will have support for PS4 and Xbox One. Game director Stig Asmussen has been quite vocal in his praise of advanced next-gen features like real-time ray tracing, and he even said that their goal was to create something “at a fidelity that’s well beyond anything” they have produced before.” Asmussen mentioned in an interview with PLAY magazine:
Bottom line, we learned quickly that we could take advantage of the faster processors, larger/faster memory, better loading times, etc., to create much larger maps, with more detail, greater density, broader enemy/NPC variety, and overall fidelity.
EA dropped the official story trailer in mid-March. You can check it out below.
The official web page for the game comments the following about what players can expect:
“No longer a Padawan, Cal has matured and grown into a powerful Jedi Knight. As the memories and expectations of the Jedi Order weigh on him, his crusade against the Empire has only become more perilous. It’s time for Cal to decide how far he’s willing to go to save those closest to him.”
According to the developers, Cal Kestis will have to stay one step ahead of the Empire’s constant pursuit and bear the weight of being “one of the last remaining Jedi” in the galaxy. They add that he will be accompanied by his “trusty companion BD-1” and “ally himself with an array of unique and interesting characters.” The trailer indicates that Merrin, Greez, and Cere will reunite with Cal. He will also befriend an AI mercenary named Bode Akuna.
It is possible that the sequel may feature darker twists and turns. Now that Cal has established enmity with Darth Vader, we may get further insight into their relationship, or lack thereof. The trailers have also highlighted some mysterious opponents that Cal will have to encounter and, presumably, defeat.
Following in the footsteps of its action-RPG combat predecessor Fallen Order, Jedi:Survivor will have exciting skills, combat abilities, and items for players to experience. Moreover, they will be able to navigate new planets, unique biomes, and discover hidden rewards.
Cal Kestis’s fighting style may be significantly different now that Respawn wants to make Jedi combat dynamic and innovative. He will have to step up and learn some new skills to survive against the wider range of enemies promised by the developers. Players will have to master the upcoming Force abilities, lightsaber stances, and equipment through rigorous training to continue their journey in the Star Wars galaxy.
Game director Stig Asmussen revealed in an interview with Game Informer that Survivor will introduce five “fully realized” fighting stances for Cal. One of these is expected to feature two lightsabers and be a dual-wielding stance for fast attacks. Players will also have access to a heavy stance that capitalizes on the crossguard-style lightsaber for powerful close-range attacks.
Fans of the franchise will be aware that Cal did not rely on gunplay to succeed in the previous title, but Star Wars Jedi: Survivor will allow for a lethal blaster-lightsaber combination that excels in mid-range and long-range combat. Asmussen explained the thought that went into this massive change:
It really speaks to where we find Cal in this part of the story. It’s five years since the first game, and the dark times are still in full swing. He’s an unconventional Jedi, and he has to do unconventional things.
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is expected to have more advanced traversal methods so Cal can cover ground quickly and discover the new areas. Asmussen confirmed the inclusion of ascension cables that would aid in climbing steep landforms and traveling across gaps. Moreover, Cal will be able to tame wildlife and use them as mounts. Asmussen clarified that how players “approach these mounts” and use them to “negotiate and dominate the world” will affect their gameplay.
EA dropped the final gameplay trailer for Star Wars Jedi: Survivor on April 9, 2023, at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023. You can check it out below.
In an interview with StarWars.com, Stig Asmussen commented on Cere’s relationship with Cal as seen in the trailer:
Obviously, the relationship is really important. It’s critical. That’s why we decided to see it through the lens of Cere’s narration, her perspective. And we’re kind of giving a hint, a sense of how the relationship has shifted and grown over the five-year gap.”
He also elaborated on how Star Wars Jedi: Survivor strives to be a “sum of the parts”:
“There’s a lot of different things and systems and mechanics that we have in the game. And seeing those come together is really what makes it special…It’s really about creating great systems that allow our designers to do things and our artists to do things that we really didn’t consider.”
Asmussen also revealed one of his “favorite things about Star Wars”:
“The library of enemies is so vast and diverse, there’s already ready-made enemy types and we are still able to create new ones…And it ensures that Cal’s always challenged.”
Two different editions of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor are up for grabs through EA Games.
Standard Edition – $69.99 / AU$109.95
It comes with the Jedi Survival pack, whose highlight is the Obi-Wan Kenobi-inspired skin. You will get the Hermit cosmetic outfit, the Hermit lightsaber set, and the Hermit combustion blaster set.
Survivor Deluxe Edition – $89.99 / AU$139.95
This edition also comes with the Jedi Survival pack but has two additional packs, which explains the higher cost. The Galactic Hero pack consists of the Scoundrel cosmetic outfit, the DL-44 blaster set, and the Rugged BD-1 skin. On the other hand, the New Hero pack comprises the Rebel Hero outfit, the Rebel Hero lightsaber set, and the BD-Astro BD-1 skin.