When it comes to developing and publishing licensed games based on the Star Wars franchise, EA has had a rough start, trying with shaky attempt after shaky attempt to bring in the fans. That all looks like it’s about to change however, as Respawn Entertainment’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is starting to look like it’s going to be one of the best Star Wars games the franchise has ever produced.
Reign Of The Empire
Following in the tradition of non-film media like comics and video games expanding the scope and depth of LucasFilm’s Star Wars universe, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order takes place between two of the numbered entries in the long-running film franchise, fitting neatly between Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith and Episode 4: A New Hope.
Set in the year 13 ABY after The Galactic Empire has replaced The Republic Senate and Darth Vader and his band of fearsome Inquisitors have begun their task of hunting down and finishing off any remaining Jedi, you play as Cal Kestis —a Padawan looking to complete his Jedi training and set things right for everyone being crushed under The Empire’s white plasteel boots.
In what looks to be a mix of the Uncharted series’ mocap enhanced cinematic style and a unique Star Wars flavoured spin on the action packed hack-and-slash adventuring of God of War (2018), the player will enhance their force abilities and adventure their way across many planets in their struggle against Darth Vader and the always formidable and generally quite evil Empire.
Legends Of The Force
Fans of the Star Wars series are no stranger to the time period when Jedi: Fallen Order is set. In fact they have adventured in this time period before in several different ways. So who might we see on this next trip to A Galaxy Far Far Away?
An almost Aladdin-like street thief and a bit of a tech genius, Ezra is the lead character in the Star Wars Rebels TV series that ran for 5 seasons on Disney XD. The show’s first season was set in the year 12 ABY so by the time of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, he would be actively a part of the rebellion and training in the ways of the force under the Jedi Knight now known as Kanan Jarrus. Perhaps The Force will bring them together when Cal looks for someone new to train him?
Han Solo, Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian
Last seen in Solo: A Star Wars Story, smugglers Han, Chewie and Lando need no proper introduction. These classic characters from The Original Trilogy are no stranger to dangerous adventures out there in the galaxy and they’ll take anyone anywhere – for a price. Who’s to say they didn’t pick up Cal?
Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Maul
These two have been bitter rivals since Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, when one killed the other’s master and the other chopped the killer in half with their lightsaber (we’ll let you guess who was who). By 13 ABY both of these characters prefer to stay out of the spotlight for varying reasons, but The Force works in mysterious ways and we could encounter either of them on our next adventure!
Galen Marek, also known as ‘Starkiller’ was the secret apprentice of Darth Vader that turned into a full-on galactic hero. He was also the lead character of the pair of games that make up the now non-canon Star Wars: The Force Unleashed franchise sub-series that is remarkably similar looking to this new game. If he did appear, perhaps his appearance could be a nice ‘passing of the torch’ moment.
Dash Rendar was the main character of Star Wars: Shadows of The Empire, a game for the Nintendo 64 that was part of a 1996 multimedia push to breathe new life into the series before the theatrical release of the Special Editions of the Original Trilogy released the following year.
Dash was like a beefier, edgier Han Solo that was apparently helping The Rebel Alliance out the entire time from just off-screen. Sadly, he was removed from official canon when Disney bought the series and reset the expanded universe in its entirety. His freighter The Outrider does still make a cameo in the Special Edition of Episode 4: A New Hope however — so he could still be out there!
Kyle Katarn was a stormtrooper turned rebel that over time became a Jedi Master and trusted friend of Luke Skywalker. He was the main character in five games, two of which recently got a HD remaster on modern consoles.
Katarn was the face of Star Wars video games for an entire generation, going on to appear in several other Star Wars product lines, including comics, books and even action figures. It’s almost crazy that he’s no longer canon and Kyle truly deserves to make his long-awaited return so that creators can get back to telling his story. Why not here?
Star (Studded) Wars
Desiring to create the most authentic Star Wars experience they possibly can, Respawn Entertainment and EA have spared no expense in creating Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, working directly with Disney, LucasFilm and Marvel Comics to get the look and sound of everything to perfectly fit within what fans expect of a Star Wars adventure.
Cal Kestis himself is played by Cameron Monaghan, the actor that played the proto-Jokers (Jerome and Jeremiah Valeska) on Gotham. EA have also confirmed that Saw Gerrera will return, played by Forest Whitaker just like in Star Wars Rebels and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The pair head up what looks to be a fantastic cast of actors and I very am excited to see not only where the adventure takes us, but who we meet by the stories conclusion.
Earlier in 2019, the then EA Star Wars Community Manager Jay Ingram confirmed that there were no plans for post-launch DLC content, micro-transactions, loot boxes or season passes for the game, going on to state that they just ‘want to release a strong, self-contained story.’
It’s all shaping up rather nicely and I personally can’t wait much longer. May The Force be with you.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order releases November 15th.