To the delight of Star Wars fans everywhere it was announced on May 4, 2016 that Respawn Entertainment, the studio behind the Titanfall series, was making a Star Wars game. Better yet, it was also revealed that the game would focus on the series’ famous Jedi – exciting as previous Star Wars games, such as Star Wars Battlefield, have mainly focused on storm troopers.
Everything we’ve heard so far sounds super exciting. It’s confirmed that we’ll get to wield a lightsaber, and since this is from the Titanfall devs, we we’re fully expecting some joyfully fluid movement-based wall running. It won’t all be lightsabers and flips, though, as force powers are sure to feature, too.
To keep the hype train rolling, we’re gathering everything we know so far about Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order right here. From trailers and story information to the release date and gameplay details. Details are steadily rolling in, and we’ll update this article whenever anything new is revealed. So if it’s not here, it’s not anywhere. Read on all the details:
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order release date
Thankfully we now know what time to book off work as the Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order release date is November 15, 2019. That comes from Respawn itself, which revealed the news during a fan event. We had received some hint of the release window beforehand as an image of a pin surfaced online which had that exact date on it, but now we know for sure.
EA certainly has high hopes for it, too, and expects it to sell up to eight million copies. That comes from a recent recent earnings call where COO and CFO Blake Jorgensen sets out his expectations for the upcoming title.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Trailer
Alongside the release date, we also got our first proper Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer for the game, which introduced us to the protagonist Cal Kestis – played by Gotham actor Cameron Monaghan. More importantly, however, it also featured wall running – that’s what we were all hoping for, right?
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order setting
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is set “shortly after the events of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.” It’s a turbulent time in the galaxy, with the manipulative Senator Palpatine – secretly a Sith Lord named Darth Sidious – having recently been declared Emperor and ordered the liquidation of the Jedi Knights (hence ‘Fallen Order’, presumably).
The old Republic will be in the midst of its reorganisation into the fascistic Galactic Empire, and its clone army will be actively hunting any surviving Jedi. As you’re about to learn, that includes you.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order story
At EA’s 2018 E3 conference, Respawn boss Vince Zampella revealed Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is set in a “dark time” when “the Jedi are being hunted.” According to the website, the story revolves around a Padawan called Cal Kestis (a trainee Jedi) who survives Order 66 (the aforementioned liquidation of the Jedi). An advertisement for the game’s deluxe edition further tells us that Kestis is trying to complete his training before Imperial Inquisitors discover that he’s trying to revive the Jedi order. You won’t be undertaking this mission alone, however, at the ad explains that you’re joined by a former Jedi Knight, a cantankerous pilot, and a fearless droid.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order gameplay
Our most recent morsel of information is that Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will buck the industry trend of having microtransactions and will be single player game only, as it’s solely focused on storytelling. That comes from Respawn chief Vince Zampella, himself, who confirmed the news to an excited crowd at a Star Wars fan event. Word had started to gather online after producer Blair Brown tweeted “So happy to be working on a single player story focused game again, no multiplayer and no MTX.”
Combat will also revolve around the use of your lightsaber and force powers. According to the same ad for the game’s deluxe edition, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will feature an innovative lightsaber combat system that centres on striking, parrying, and dodging. It’s unlikely the combat system will be anywhere near as difficult as something like Sekiro, but the ad does say that it’ll take training and practise to fully master. Adding some shine to this combat will be the use of force powers, that’ll also be used to leverage overbearing obstacles that stand in your way. The ad also says the game will have an element of puzzle solving, which is likely where your force powers will come in.
The idea that the game will be unlike Sekiro or Dark Souls was given more weight recently as games director Stig Asmussen explains Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order gameplay takes its influences from Nintendo’s Metroid and Legend of Zelda games. Speaking to Press Start, Asmussen says that “If you look at a game like Zelda Wind Waker, as you get different abilities, each enemy is crafted in a certain way, or even Metroid, or something like that, the enemies are crafted in a certain way that once you upgrade, you can think about how you’re going to approach them differently, and maybe they aren’t as big a challenge as they were at one point.”
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And there you have it, everything we know from the Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order release date, to its gameplay and story. There’s plenty here to get excited about, as it looks like we’re set for something that’ll buck the current industry trends of games-as-a-service and free-to-play. Most of all, though, we get to be a chonking Jedi that can do wall running in a Respawn game – what’s not to love?