For those unaware, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has been made available on Steam, thanks to a new distribution agreement between Electronic Arts and Valve. The newfound partnership actually goes much further and will see Electronic Arts releasing its games on Steam from hereon. The publishing giant had until now been focusing solely on its Origin platform. However, as much as the news is exciting for consumers, there’s some disappointment to be had.
The list of achievements of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order surfaced online earlier in the week. Naturally, players were cautioned to be extra careful because some of those achievements carry mighty spoilers. Issuing another word of caution on Twitter a couple of days back, community manager Ben Walke revealed that Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will launch without Steam achievements.
For clarification, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will still have achievements on PC but players will need to purchase the game on Origin. Those who decide to purchase the game on Steam will have to do without achievements.
There are no Steam achievements for JFO
— Ben Walke (@BenWalke) November 6, 2019
Commenting underneath a Reddit thread of woeful fans, Walke explained that the absence of the feature is due to technical reasons. Supporting achievements on Steam requires the game to be fully hooked to the Steam platform. Respawn Entertainment was always developing the game for Origin on PC and was basically caught off guard when notified about a Steam release. There wasn’t enough time since achievements can’t be just copied and pasted from Origin.
In addition, the same technical reason is behind the absence of Steam Trading Cards as well. Unlocking achievements and cards are two big incentives for long-time Steam users. It goes without saying that many players will have to decide between managing a single Steam library or head over to Origin should they be more interested in achievements.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order follows Padawan Cal Kestis, one of the last surviving Jedi in the Star Wars universe. He has been on the run ever since the Order 66 purge took place five years prior, and has been trying his best to stay hidden from the Galactic Empire. However, one day, Cal had to use the Force to save one of his friends from being killed, an event that was witnessed by a nearby Imperial droid. The Galactic Empire soon came to know of his existence and immediately dispatched the Second Sister, an inquisitor trained by Darth Vader, to hunt down Cal and end the Jedi lines.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is scheduled to release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 15, 2019. There’s no multiplayer involved. The installment is strictly narrative-driven single-player, something that fans have always wanted.