After multiple high-profile disappointments we may finally get a Star Wars game worth playing. Today at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago, Respawn officially unveiled Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order with a 2-minute trailer and a lengthy panel to boot. The details sound encouraging though, with Respawn’s Vince Zampella quick to say “This is a story game. No multiplayer, no microtransactions. This is about being a Jedi.”
In other words, this is probably the game you’ve been waiting for. (Unless you’ve been waiting for Knights of the Old Republic III, in which case I can’t help you.) And you won’t have to wait too long, as it’s slated to release November 15, 2019.
Let’s just roll the trailer, shall we?
Set between Star Wars: Episode III and IV, you play as a Jedi—a Padawan actually—named Cal Kestis, a young-looking kid who survived Palpatine’s Order 66 purge. He’s in hiding at the start of the game but is driven to use the Force to save a friend, drawing the eye and ire of the Empire.
On the lam, Cal has a lightsaber and some rudimentary Force powers at the start, but will presumably develop those skills over time. The trailer also features a very Respawn moment, as Cal wall-runs through a bunch of blaster shots, a la Titanfall.
It’s a “Story Trailer” though, which means a bunch of cinematics strung together. We didn’t get any real details about the moment-to-moment game, except that it’s…a melee-centric game with Force powers. That’s uh, pretty much what I’d expect from a game about a Jedi. You might as well say the next Call of Duty will be a shooter.
For more details, we’ll most likely need to wait until June and EA’s annual EA Play event in Los Angeles. EA’s already said it won’t hold a press conference this year, but presumably there will be a Jedi: Fallen Order panel (or three) with detailed looks at other parts of the game. Maybe a hands-on demo, if we’re lucky.
We’ll keep you updated.
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Hayden writes about games for PCWorld and doubles as the resident Zork enthusiast.