Back at E3 a few weeks ago, Respawn Entertainment finally released a gameplay demo for its upcoming Star Wars game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. HOwever, interestingly the Fallen Order engine the studio is using is actually the Unreal Engine, rather than EA’s main graphics engine, Frostbite. Why is that?
Game Informer continued its coverage of Fallen Order today by sitting down with a number of developers at Respawn to get the truth about the matter, in a video interview that you can find by heading over to the magazine’s website or clicking this link.
Well, apparently, way back before Respawn was acquired by EA, current Fallen Order game director Stig Asmussen was doing research on what sort of game engine he thought would be best for the company to use in the future. After doing some research, he concluded the best option was Unreal.
Using Unreal as the Fallen Order engine is a bit of a change for Respawn already, especially considering that both of the Titanfall games were developed using Valve’s Source engine. However, Unreal has a lot of advantages that other engines like Frostbite doesn’t.
The Unreal Engine allows stunning visuals in its own right, but unlike Frostbite (which is notoriously difficult to work with), Unreal is used by a lot of indie developers to make their own games, and so it also allowed Respawn to be able ot recruit a lot of developers that already had experience with Unreal.
EA hasn’t made any demands of Respawn to switch over to Frostbite, which the studio probably appreciates. As another studio under the EA umbrella, BioWare was forced to use Frostbite to develop Anthem and ran into many difficulties that EA refused to help them with, contributing to that game’s dismal failure when it released earlier this year.
We haven’t gotten much information about Fallen Order yet, but if Unreal being the Fallen Order engine is able to give us as good-looking a game as we’ve seen so far in its gameplay, hopefully the actual game will be just as good.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will be coming out on November 15 for the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC.