On Saturday, Electronic Arts took the unenviable task of following up the Episode IX trailer with big news of their own. The video game publisher of SW: Battlefront is getting back into single player epics as they unveiled Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
Fallen Order features an authentic story set shortly after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, when the Jedi have fallen. Fans will play as a young Padawan named Cal Kestis, brought to life by Cameron Monaghan (Shameless, Gotham), who has survived Order 66, the Emperor’s secret decree to eliminate all Jedi. Players must pick up the pieces of Cal’s shattered past to complete his training and master the art of the iconic lightsaber – all while staying one step ahead of the Empire and its deadly Inquisitors.
Players will meet Cal on Bracca, a brand-new Star Wars planet and one of several new locations introduced in the game. Cal is hiding from the Empire in plain sight but is forced to go on the run when he exposes his Force powers. 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.
This newest entry into the Star Wars gaming universe definitely brings up questions of its own. Fans will still be left to wonder what might have come from Uncharted writer Amy Henning’s canceled Star Wars game. Fallen Order seems a redeeming tale for EA and their current monetization practices. In an ocean of games, filled by EA, where players were nickeled and dimed as though buying a $60 game gave the company full right to grab people by the ankles and shake loose coins out of them; Fallen Order claims to have none of those predatory practices. No lootboxes and no in-game micro transactions. When it’s released in November, the game you’ll purchase will be a complete package. One telling a fresh story from a key point in the Star Wars timeline. Even the character we meet in the trailer is more compelling than most introduced in the past five years of Star Wars.
Cal Kestis is in a pivotal point, far from a freshmen yet not quite a master. RPG progression systems and learning skills seems a natural fit for the character. The panic of having to hide from the empire while still clinging to the Jedi ways simply grabs you in the trailer. While no actual gameplay was revealed, in post interviews developer Respawn Entertainment has said this action adventure won’t focus on stealth but on decision in battle. Fortunately, we won’t have to wait long as the game is set to be released on November 15, 2019, for PS4, Xbox One, and PC