Electronic Arts unveiled its debut gameplay trailer for Respawn's upcoming Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, which was the highlight of EA Play for many fans of the franchise. The trailer also raised many questions and speculation, some of which the developers have answered.
The protagonist is Cal Kestis, who is a young Padawan who managed to survive Emperor Palpatine's Order 66, a massive purge of the Jedi Order. He has basic Force powers that include force pull, force push, and the ability to put enemies into a personal stasis. He even can go into a Max Payne-style bullet time mode. However, he is not a full Jedi yet. The gameplay trailer showed Cal earning skill points, but Respawn didn't show him spending them. It can be assumed that Cal uses the points to improve feats or gain new powers.
The little robot clinging to his back is named BD-1, which according to Respawn stands for "Buddy Droid 1". Players use him to slice (hack) computers, unlock doors, and so on. It was also hinted in the trailer that players can control him independently from Cal. It can be assumed at some points in the game, he'll be used to access hard-to-reach locations.
Finally, the other main character seen is Saw Gerrera, last seen getting vaporized in Rogue One, voiced by his original actor Forest Whitaker. Players will notice this is a much younger Saw, which leads to the question of just when Fallen Order takes place.
Respawn had announced long before the gameplay debut that the game would take place between Revenge of the Sith and Rogue One, just after Order 66. The trailer gave some more hints as to exactly when it would take place, however. Fans have noted that the Stormtroopers on Kashyyyk lack any of the markings that the clones had during the Clone War, meaning it takes place closer to the original trilogy.
The gameplay trailer showed Cal doing some Titanfall-style wall running, while the map planning and combat seems to be inspired by the Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor games. However, Respawn has explicitly stated that the game's action is inspired more by Dark Souls and Metroid Prime.
In an interview with game director Stig Asmussen, he revealed, "I think (Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order) will feel fresh; it’s not exactly like Metroidvania. We also looked at games like Bloodborne and Dark Souls that have the same types of methodology. We studied those games and they inspired us to find an experience that works well for our game.”
Refreshingly, Electronic Arts and Respawn have given an exact date for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. The game will be released on the 15th November 2019 for PC and console. Players can even pre-order the game right now, and those that do will get exclusive pre-order content. A Deluxe Edition is also available, which will include a "Director's Cut" suite of behind-the-scenes features and content as well as additional unique cosmetic equipment, including different colored BD-1's. As for future paid DLC, Respawn has promised there won't be any.
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