With the movies, some Star Wars fans go out of their way to gobble up spoilers as soon as possible. Others go on a total media blackout, avoiding interviews, trailers, and even super-short teasers like the plague. With Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Respawn Entertainment's big (and canonical) single-player title, Electronic Arts is locking down spoilers for everyone... which means EA Access subscribers won't get the early shot at the title they're accustomed to.
Two of the major selling points of EA's subscription service are the early access and timed trials for new major EA releases. The official EA Access Twitter account confirms that neither option will be made available for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order; instead, subscribers will receive a 10% discount on the game and two exclusive skins for Cal Kestis' ship and his droid companion BD-1.
Star Wars #JediFallenOrder launches this week! #EAAccess members get 10% off the game.— EA Access (@EAAccess) November 11, 2019
We've opted not to have early/timed access (Play First Trial), in part to reduce the risk of spoilers. Instead, EA Access members get these exclusive cosmetics!https://t.co/UQ1ZKzOvnh pic.twitter.com/tRV7rQjnQb
In one sense, the skins are actually a neat trade-off for fans of Respawn's Titanfall 2, as they're subtly themed around its robot star BT-7274. On the other hand, it's a bit of a last-minute disappointment for subscribers who see the early access and trial periods as the main appeal for subscribing to EA Access.
EA Access has had some ups and downs. FIFA 18 took its sweet time landing into the service's vault, the collection of games available to all subscribers, and the early launch of Anthem... well, it actually presented a case for why early access isn't always fun. But, as the service has expanded—first to PlayStation 4, and soon to Steam—and it's added still-thriving games like Battlefield 5 to the vault, that $4.99 per month doesn't look too bad. But if Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is all you care about from EA this month, then exclusive skins aside, the 10% discount makes your Access subscription this month a bit of a wash.
At any rate, the frontpage of the subreddit for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is awash in posts that have been tagged and hidden for spoilers. USgamer will have our review coverage later this week. Still, if you want to avoid spoilers for Fallen Order before November 15, now might be a good time to go on a little social media break.