Star Wars might not be the hottest property in gaming at the moment, but EA just added 12 of the franchise's greatest video game hits to its Origin Access subscription service to help fans remember why it used to be. Star Wars is slowly crawling back into the gaming spotlight after disastrous campaigns led by EA caused its standing to fall precipitously over the past few years, with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order looking like it could breathe life into a property that has inexplicably been stagnant for far too long.
The storied property experience of decades past, however, has never failed to produce classic Star Wars games. The beloved multimedia property has produced some of the very best in gaming history, with Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remaining one of the most ambitious and fun RPG experiences of the early 2000s. Recently, however, the Star Wars license has fallen on hard times as publisher EA has consistently struggled to produce something worthwhile with it — Star Wars Battlefront 2 was a disaster, while the many canceled Star Wars games all appeared to be better pursuits than the titles the publisher has been churning out instead.
Fans longing to return to a time when Star Wars and video games meant something new and exciting now have the option, thanks to EA's Origin Access. The service recently added 12 different Star Wars games to its online library, which costs a monthly fee to access and features over 200 different titles. The Star Wars additions are essentially a collection of the franchise's greatest hits on PC, and should be exactly what fans are looking for as they eagerly await the Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order gameplay reveal that will occur at the EA Play event in June. Here's a full list of the new additions to EA's Origin Access:
- Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
- Battlefront 2 (2005 Version)
- Republic Commando
- Rogue Squadron 3D
- Dark Forces
- Shadows of the Empire
- X-Wing Alliance
- Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith
- Galactic Battlegrounds Saga
- Episode 1 Racer
The biggest get is likely the original Battlefront 2, a title that was a lot of fun when it released and heralded what many thought to be the beginning of a long-running shooter franchise in the same vein as Halo. Obviously, that didn't happen — the Battlefront 2 we got from EA was a microtransaction-laden nightmare — but that doesn't change the fact that the original is one of the better Star Wars games ever released, and is now available for kind-of-free to EA Origin Access subscribers. There's also Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, for those interested in revisiting some of the titles that laid the groundwork for Fallen Order ahead of its release.
Overall, it's a nice addition to a service that needed it, but the addition of these Star Wars classics isn't likely to sway anyone to pick up a subscription to Origin Access if they didn't already have one. The Star Wars games that were added here are mostly available elsewhere on the cheap, and Origin Access' other selling points — like access to Anthem, of all things — aren't going to entice anyone to pick up a subscription. Still, EA's slow build of its Origin Access library is a good thing that should eventually create a platform fans will be interested in, and in the meantime, it's probably the best thing EA's done with the Star Wars license up until this point. Let's just ignore how sad that is.
Source: PC Gamer