Two weeks before the game hits the shelves on November 15th we have a launch trailer for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, the new game from EA’s Respawn studio. The trailer is actually quite muted, there are no epic battles and only a couple of explosions while the voice over explains the premise of the game.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is easily the most ambitious, experimental game to come from EA’s partnership with Disney and Lucasfilm. Battlefront and its sequel brought us huge scale multiplayer warfare across stunningly detailed Star Wars vistas, though Respawn Entertainment is aiming for something more original with its upcoming action adventure game.
Fallen Order is centred around a new character from the Star Wars universe: Cal Kestis – a former Jedi Padawan forced into exile following the execution of Order 66. He’s been trying to keep his head down and avoid the clutches of The Empire though he’s ultimately forced to come out of hiding, embarking on a Star Wars saga that will take fans to previously unexplored corners of the galaxy.
Sitting down with the game’s lead level designer, Jeff Magers, and narrative lead, Aaron Contreras, we discussed the challenges of creating new stories in such a well-established multimedia franchise:
JM: It’s all a collaboration. We’re really excited to carve out our own piece of the Star Wars universe and try to make a really authentic Star Wars story. We’ve got a mix of established planets that you’ve seen in other parts of the IP, like Kashyyyk for example, and then Zeffo, so we’ve got a mix of these two things.
Both come with their own challenges and strengths. So Kashyyyk, you’ve got to fit in all the things that have happened before it, whereas on a new planet, it still needs to feel authentic and part of Star Wars as well. That’s been a really fun challenge to tackle.
Not only will players get to land on new planets, they’ll interact with a diverse cast of mostly original characters. For those die hard Star Wars fans who look beyond the films for their sci-fi fix, Fallen Order features a relatively new faction introduced to the canon led by the Second Sister, as Contreras explains: