I know what you’re thinking.
“Dom, this is literally your fourth blog this month about Fortnite. Your last blog about Fortnite and Star Wars was only posted like two weeks ago!” – Hey, I hear you. And trust me folks:
But I can’t help it. Epic Games is turning Fortnite into the best live-service Star Wars game we’ve ever had. Who am I, as a self-respecting Star Wars fan and proprietor of the greatest gaming website on the planet, to not report on it? In short, here’s today’s update: In celebration of the new Obi-Wan Kenobi series dropping on Disney+ this Friday, Fortnite is adding the titular hero and a slew of other Kenobi-themed items to the shop tomorrow.
Look at them, they’re glorious.
Oh and before you ask a stupid question, yes I absolutely will be spending real money on these.
I have said it before, and I’ll say it again, give Epic Games a Star Wars license. Let them do a whole Fortnite spinoff just set in the Star Wars world at this point. The Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars licenses they’ve been given to play around with has probably made both companies an absolute assload of money, and I can’t imagine that talks like this haven’t happened yet.
The closest hope we have to a true Star Wars live service game is their unnamed project with Ubisoft, which doesn’t yet have a release date. We know it’s built off the same engine as The Division 2, and will be run by the director of The Division series at Ubisoft, so it’s very likely just going to be a live service Star Wars title that plays like… Y’know… The Division. Which is totally fine, by the way!
There’s no reason why a Star Wars live service game can’t work, especially if Disney plans to roll out multiple TV shows and movies a year from now on (which they do). This is what Battlefront II (and Marvel’s Avengers on the MCU side of the house) intended to do, but one shot itself in the foot with a Death Star laser by building the game entirely around pay-to-win mechanics at launch, and the other just couldn’t figure out how to make a fun and engaging gameplay loop.
Now, granted, Battlefront II got a glorious renaissance and ended up being a phenomenal game in its own right. I’m still playing it, but I can’t help wonder what that game truly could’ve been if it launched in the state it’s currently in. We’d likely be seeing The Mandalorian, Book of Boba Fett, and Obi-Wan Kenobi DLC dropping left and right. You could be playing as Mando and Grogu right now instead of reading this blog, but no.
Anyway, fingers crossed this Ubisoft live-service Star Wars title rules, or that we get Battlefront III eventually and it’s everything we’ve ever wanted plus everything EA was forced to learn from Battlefront II. I won’t hold my breath, but I will be purchasing all this new Star Wars shit on the Fortnite store and make lightsaber swooshing noises all weekend while sitting at my PC.
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