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Survivor will support Ray Tracing and other next-gen features; Work on the game started before the release of Fallen Order

Respawn Entertainment and Electronic Arts officially unveiled Star Wars Jedi: Survivor at yesterday’s Star Wars Celebration event in Anaheim, CA.

It’s been confirmed that the game will only be available on PC and next-gen consoles, and indeed, game director Stig Asmussen told StarWars.com that Star Wars Jedi: Survivor will support ray tracing and other next-gen features such as fast loading times and DualSense controller on PlayStation 5.

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor announced, coming to PC, PS5, and XSX in 2023

I think the most important thing is ray tracing or lighting. This allows us to do real-time lighting, all the time, with fidelity far beyond anything we’ve ever produced before. As it’s real time, we can see the changes as we adjust the lights – immediately, essentially. This means we have more time to tweak, it means we can iterate more, and we can get better results that look more cinematic.

Beyond that, we have these super fast drives on these consoles that allow us to load tons of content very quickly. I’ve always worked on streaming games – games that don’t have loading screens. The fact that these consoles have such fast storage made things even easier. These are probably the two main advantages. The PlayStation 5 has some really cool haptics on their controller that we’re digging into, and it’s just an easier process in general.

Asmussen also revealed that Respawn started brainstorming ideas for Star Wars: Jedi Survivor even before Fallen Order was released. Finally, he teased that the new title highlights the overall theme of survival for Cal and his crew.

We started working in earnest even before we finished Jedi: Fallen Order with ideas for what the second game could be. There were a lot of things we left behind – I guess you’d call in the editing room – from Jedi: Fallen Order that we knew we wanted to put in the sequel. Part of that comes down to love, more positions for combat, or where we’re going to go with the story, how Cal and the crew are going to evolve and grow, how we’re going to approach in-game worlds and levels, the develop and make them more dynamic than they have been in the past. But yeah, you think about that stuff every day.

[…] The game is about survival. That’s why it’s called Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. They are in dark times, and Cal and the crew are doing whatever it takes to stay alive. This could mean that they make connections with people who at other times might be considered disreputable. Some of that is depicted in the trailer, and again, I don’t want to give anything away, but there’s definitely a sense of… I don’t want to spoil anything, sorry!

Earlier rumors, alongside the publisher planning to release a major IP this quarter, pointed to an early 2023 launch for the game. However, Electronic Arts only gave a generic 2023 release window. for Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.