While most publishers are focusing on games-as-a-service, offering players an experience that goes far beyond the campaign or multiplayer experience with a plan for content drops over the course of years, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a reminder that those games aren’t the be all and end all.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has reached 8 million units sold, confirmed by EA during their recent Q3 earnings call. The publisher explained how the game had sold beyond their projections for the quarter. They described how the game has already hit the high-end of its expected sales.
Originally EA Games projected that Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order would sell between 6 and 8 million units. While it’s not been officially confirmed in specific numbers, EA’s description of the game reaching the top-end of expected sales indicates that the number is close to, or exactly, 8 million units.
As a result of the sales the game has managed to generate so far, EA CFO and COO Blake Jorgensen adjusted the expectations for sales by the end of the current quarter. Now Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is expected to hit 10 million units sold by the end of the current financial year.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a single player Star Wars game that’s set just after the events of the third prequel film. It follows a Jedi Padawan who survived the events of Order 66 and has been hiding out right under the Empire’s nose every since.
The game takes players on a journey through becoming a Jedi during an incredibly dangerous time, with Force Users hunting them at every turn. Respawn Entertainment have done a fantastic job of implementing a story with heart as well as action, with a gameplay loop that makes it fun to play for long periods of time.
EA and other publishers may see more value in games-as-a-service because they generate revenue consistently over time. While sales will tail off for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order eventually, EA can be sure that a sequel will sell just as well, if not better in the future when they need it.