On Saturday, April 13, EA and Respawn (creators of the wildly popular Apex Legends) announced a single player Star Wars game, called Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order on their Twitch channel.
The team from Respawn Entertainment took the stage during Star Wars Celebration 2019 to discuss the features and concepts of the game.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will release on November 15, 2019, simultaneously to Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is directed by Stig Asmussen, who you might know as the director of God of War III for the PS3.
What kind of game is Jedi: Fallen Order?
The big news of the day is that Fallen Order is a single player only game, a major departure from a studio known for their multiplayer shooters (Apex Legends, Titanfall, and in their past lives as part of Infinity Ward, Call of Duty Modern Warfare).
It is an action-melee game, where you are equipped with a lightsaber and force powers, with “thoughtful combat” being the key component. Additionally, the actor who plays Cal mentioned that the combat was “weighty.” All of this leads me to wonder if the game will be a Souls-like, but it is too early to say.
Given the recent discussions exposed around technical issues with Frostbite, I was interested to see the words, “Rendered in the Unreal Engine,” at the end of the trailer. Could this be the end of Frostbite support within EA, or is it just the trailer that was built with that engine? Time will tell.
The story so far
You play Cal Kestis, a jedi padawn in the world of Star Wars following the events of Episode III and Order 66. Considering that the focus of the reveal was on the story, not a lot was stated beyond the names of a couple characters and some generic plot talk.
Watch reveal trailer
I have concerns
While I generally trust the quality of Respawn Entertainment, elements of this reveal closely mirrored those of Anthem at the same point in its development.
The biggest concern is a lack of any gameplay shown, beyond a sentence or two mentioned. Considering the game is releasing in less than a year, history tells us that this is bad news for the game’s development. I hope we do not have yet another repeat of Anthem.
Edit: After finishing the conference, there was a lot about the “team” and how they have set this November date and really pouring out their heart and soul. We are probably just conditioned to failure at this point, but it all felt ra-ra-ra.
What do you think?
What do you think about the reveal trailer and details on the game? Any thoughts or expectation before the game is released this holiday, 2019?