Fans were upset when they heard there would be no dismemberment in Respawn Entertainment's Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order since the movies portrayed this extensively. Now it seems like this was a directive from Lucasfilm and Disney.
Fans were disappointed when the first gameplay for Jedi Fallen Order was shown since the protagonist's lightsaber was apparently unable to slice Storm Troopers' limbs clean off.
Respawn Entertainment recently confirmed there would be no dismemberment in Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order without too much explanation but IGN's hands-on experience revealed that a higher force was in play during the decision making process.
Ryan McCaffrey asked one of the lead designers at Respawn why the lightsaber was suddenly a glorified glowing stick in combat against other human beings. The response was apparently that the directive came from Lucasfilm and by extent - Disney.
It is implied that the company keeps close tabs on the creative process of video games bearing their licenses, which includes Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order and mandates that they remain safe for all ages. McCaffrey didn't explicitly claim this but it is the most likely conclusion since he did point out that pre-Disney Star Wars games indeed featured dismemberment.
To make matters even more ridiculous, players will be able to dismember giant spiders and droids which makes the lightsaber's transition into a nerf bat during fights with other humans, and possibly humanoid races, even more mind-boggling.
If it is indeed Disney's directive that Star Wars games have to be child-friendly, it would turn out to be incredibly ironic.
This would mean they are actively hampering creative vision in order to keep games safe for all ages but they apparently didn't have any problems with EA releasing Star Wars: Battlefront II which was designed to be a predatory, casino-like experience that would push gambling upon all players. Needless to say, this includes children.
Maybe it's just that virtue signalling isn't worth it if there is an opportunity to earn obscenely tall mounds of loot box money.