Star Wars Celebration 2019 gave fans the first look at Respawn's upcoming Star Wars game, Jedi: Fallen Order. It's the dark times now, so get ready. You'll need to abide by three rules to survive.
Don't stand out. Accept the past. Trust no one.
What is Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order?
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a third-person action/melee game being developed by Respawn Entertainment, the creators of Titanfall and Apex Legends. We'll be wielding a lightsaber and using our Force powers to battle the likes of Inquisitors and new Purge Troopers who will be hunting any Jedi left after Order 66.
When does it take place within the Star Wars timeline?
It will be set after Episode III and before Episode IV, though we don't know the exact amount of time that has passed since Order 66. What we could glean from the trailer is that the Empire is thriving and there is a coordinated effort in place by the Inquisitors to hunt down any remaining Jedi. It looks like our Padawan has been on the run for at least a little while.
Lucasfilm Story Group was consulted during its development and this will be a canon story within the Star Wars universe, much like every new entry is since Disney's acquisition of the franchise.
Who is my character?
Players will step into the role of a Padawan named Cal Kestis. After the Jedi Order fell, he became a scraper on a planet called Bracca tearing apart derelict starships. If his face looks familiar, that's because his likeness and voice are provided by Gotham actor Cameron Monaghan. Little is known about his early life, but we do know that he gains a little droid friend called BD-1 that will accompany him on his journey. BD-1 even has a spotlight that can be upgraded to aid Cal.
Here's how EA describes his adventure:
"Along the way, Cal will make new friends, like his mysterious companion Cere, as well as run into some familiar faces, all while being accompanied by his faithful droid BD-1. Cal's flight from the Empire is made even more dangerous as he is being pursued by the Second Sister, one of the Empire's elite Inquisitors, who seeks to hunt Cal down and extinguish this surviving Jedi. Assisting the Second Sister are the terrifying Purge Troopers, special Imperial forces trained to seek out Jedi and aid the Inquisitors in their dastardly work."
What we know of Cere is that she is a former Jedi Knight and will act as sort of a mentor to Cal, though their relationship isn't the traditional master and apprentice that you may be used to.
The developers were also very coy about the lightsaber that Cal wields and the role that it plays. When prompted for details on-stage at Star Wars Celebration, Respawn stated that saying anything would be giving away too many spoilers. What we did learn was that it may not even be Cal's own lightsaber, and it will "grow and evolve" over the course of the game.
Gameplay: Become a Jedi
In addition to using our Force powers and lightsaber to fight enemies, players need to solve puzzles and perform some platforming to progress. As its store page reveals, we will be exploring "ancient forests, windswept rock faces, and haunted jungles" so you can imagine how these platforming puzzles will play a role in certain sections.
Jedi: Fallen Order developer Stig Asmussen said that the combat will be both accessible for new players and have depth for those that want a challenge. They want it to be easy for anyone to pick up and play while also appealing to the hardcore crowd. In combat, you will need to size up your enemy and identify and exploit its weaknesses with the powers at your disposal.
EA Play gave us our first look at gameplay in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and it's everything we could have asked for. Cal meets Rogue One's Saw Gerrera on Kashyyyk as he searches for a Wookiee resistance leader. The gameplay features Metroid-like aspects in its platforming and puzzles, while the combat itself plays out more like a fight from Dark Souls. Respawn wants it to feel tactical so that you are blocking, parrying, and finding openings as opposed to mindlessly swinging your lightsaber and hoping for the best.
Will there be multiplayer or microtransactions?
No. Respawn CEO Vince Zampella stated at Star Wars Celebration 2019 that "It's a single-player story with no multiplayer and no microtransactions. It's a story game." Everyone rejoice.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order producer Blair Brown further reiterated on Twitter how happy he was to be working on "a single player story focused game again, no multiplayer and no MTX for #JediFallenOrder."
So you can put the pitchforks down, everyone. It looks like the EA curse that plagued Star Wars Battlefront hopefully won't touch Jedi: Fallen Order. And if you don't know what I'm talking about, well... there's a lot for you to catch up on.
If you're still skeptical, EA even said that they "won't be adding them." But of course, many will still need to see it to believe it.
When can I play it?
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is currently available to pre-order and will release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 15, 2019. There is a Deluxe Edition available which features a director's cut of behind-the-scenes features along with unique cosmetics. And GameStop is the exclusive home of the Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Black Series Bundle, which will contain a 6-inch action figure.
Updated October 2019: We've added the latest information.
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