The Force seems strong in Respawn’s canon Star Wars outing
Kicking off 2019’s EA PLAY today was 15 minutes of live gameplay from Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. We’ve covered Jedi: Fallen Order before, so while not everything here is new information, a lot of it is.
Gamers will play as young Cal Kestis (Gotham’s Cameron Monaghan), one of the last surviving Jedi after the execution of Order 66, as he is chased by the Galactic Empire and tries his best to survive.
In today’s gameplay, we watch Cal meet up with Saw Gerrera (Forrest Whitaker, returning to the role), who tells him to go into the refinery, create a distraction and free the enslaved Wookies inside. BD-1 climbs onto his back and displays the map of the refinery for Cal and then they make their way in. BD-1 is Cal’s explorer droid that can hack doors, scan the environment, distribute stimpacks and other helpful tasks.
The game UI is minimal, with the static health bar in the lower left corner and two meters that seem to indicate force abilities appearing dynamically at the middle bottom when Cal enters combat. There is also a small dynamic indicator of earned skill points in the upper right hand, which can be used to amplify Cal’s force abilities.
The gameplay does introduce us to a good range of Jedi abilities not only in lightsaber use but also in the way he can push, pull, slow time and force flip (aka double jump). It also introduced a new enemy, the Purge Trooper. The Trooper has black armor and a long, dual sided energy weapon crackling purple at either end. Game director Stig Asmussen said “[their] task is basically to hunt Jedi, soften them up before the Inquisitors come in.”
The inclusion of Saw Gerrera in the game means that it falls between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Rogue One on the Star Wars timeline, before Gerrera’s injury seen in the latter film. After the game footage, Asmussen and Respawn’s Vince Zampella confirmed that everything in this game is a canonical part of the Star Wars universe.
The alpha gameplay itself looks beautiful. The world seems expansive, detailed and most importantly, totally at home in the Star Wars universe. The addition of Respawn’s signature wallrunning and other traversal gameplay could be enough to spice up what looks to be linear spaces, no matter how evocative.
Look forward to grabbing life by the hilt of a lightsaber when Jedi: Fallen Order releases November 15 on PC, PS4 and Xbox.