EA have had their hands on the Star Wars licence for some time and so far, their endeavours have been no better than just “ok”. With the first attempt with Star Wars: Battlefront, and the equivalent of publicly shitting yourself in a crowded room with Star Wars Battlefront 2. There was a slew of titles in development but EA being EA has cancelled many of them, but one has managed to slip through during Star Wars Celebration – Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order by Respawn Interactive. The fellas behind Titanfall and Apex Legends, so let’s see what’s what.
The story is set between the events of Revenge of The Sith and A New Hope, where Cal Kestis – a young Jedi Padawan (who is played by “obviously not the Joker” Gotham star Cameron Monaghan) who survived Order 66 and is in hiding on Bracca (new location) and then after being exposed is on the run from the Empire and their Inquisitors (Jedi Hunters). While trying to keep ahead of them also completed his training as a Jedi and face the past, also along for the ride is BD-1 who is Cal faithful droid and the mysterious Cere and for fan service more likely a host of memorable faces from the Star Wars Universe.
The premise seems good for starters as your not an Obi-Wan or Yoda type of character but a bonafide Padawan who is far from the finished product and set during the times when the Jedis were classed as traitors.
As gameplay goes it will focus on the Jedi and lightsaber combat. According to both EA and Respawn “Players will use Their Jedi training to create different melee combinations with an innovative lightsaber combat and Force abilities” and platforming abilities as well as shown in the trailer, as well as familiar gear, weapons and enemies.
Going on the trailer, at first we won’t be getting the lightsaber from the word go. As it was an announcement trailer which is very far from being a true indication of gameplay and can be easily misinterpreted. They seem to be focusing on the right parts for the game for an action melee game, so the jury is still out on that part.
Graphically it’s running on the Unreal Engine (rendered in-engine) which does look nice and lovely. With a release date of November 15th 2019, it will be a good warm up to the next Star Wars film this Christmas, eh? Also while the game has no microtransactions at all. I just find shouting about that kind of thing as “cheap point scoring”.
What do I think?
Firstly, before the announcement snippet of the trailer was tweeted out and with the tagline “Trust no one” which does have a snippet of irony in my books coming from EA. From a company who was quoted that single player games where no longer popular as they once were back in 2017 where EA publicly shat themselves during the fiasco with Battlefront 2 and shut down Visceral Games and their single player Star Wars game.
For the game itself, it’s best to wait till some raw gameplay is out to make a formal decision (probably E3), and as Respawn does have a good rep at the moment and can make good single player experiences with Titanfall 2 there is cause for some optimism.