In an unexpected (though not all too uncommon) Tweet, EA and Respawn Entertainment have announced that their upcoming game Star Wars Jedi: Survivor has been delayed until April 28, 2023. Game director Stig Asmussen has assured players that the highly anticipated follow-up to the brilliant Fallen Order is in the final stages of development but the team needs just a little bit more time to focus on “bug fixes to enhance performance, stability, polish and mostly importantly, the player experience”.
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor was initially slated to release on March 17, after having only officially announced this during The Game Awards in December last year. It was assumed that publisher EA was hoping to release the game before the end of the financial year in March, but while a delay might not be what they or fans were hoping for, it’s likely for the best. Asmussen goes on to explain that Respawn has a high bar of quality that it holds its releases to, and that a six-week delay should be plenty of time for the development team to “achieve the level of polish our fans deserve”.
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Now Arrives April 28th pic.twitter.com/PNtsL6kmER
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Little has been shown off about the game so far, other than the few brief snippets of gameplay seen in its fast-paced gameplay reveal trailer during The Game Awards, but it appears to be building on the successes of its predecessor. The game will take place five years on from the end of Fallen Order and will continue Cal Kestis’ narrative-driven adventure and his run from the Empire, but will include a significantly expanded scope and a wider Metroidvania approach to exploration. Enjoyable Star Wars games are frustratingly few and far between these days, so fans are clearly excited for a sequel to one of the best.
While it may be frustrating to wait, with the number of unfinished titles being rushed to release in recent years, here’s hoping six weeks is long enough to iron out all of the bugs. Many fans on Twitter have in fact praised the delay, asking the developers to “take all the time they need”. Asmussen ends by saying, “Thanks to EA and Respawn for giving us the time to deliver the best experience for our players, and to all of you for your understanding”.