Hello everyone. I hope you are all doing well. This past weekend was very busy in terms of the events going on. Two major events occurred in America: Coachella, the annual music festival in California; and Star Wars Celebration, an annual convention in Chicago that celebrates everything Star Wars. For those who could not go to Coachella live and feared they missed the opportunity their favorite artists perform, do not fret as Coachella will happen again this weekend, and you can catch all the amazing performances live on YouTube.
Now, on to Star Wars. A lot of new information was revealed and discussed about on-going Star Wars properties, but two properties stood out to me above the rest: the upcoming film Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, and the video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. A new trailer was revealed at the panel for Episode IX. Alyssa, a fellow blogger, broke down the trailer brilliantly on her blog Nerd Side of Life. She did a better job than I ever could, and I implore you to check out the article here. For this blog post I want to talk about the video game.
The Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order panel took place on Saturday 13 April 2019. The panel was hosted by David W. Collins. The game is being developed by Respawn Entertainment, famous for their Titanfall video game series as well as hit battle royale game Apex: Legends, the latter of which I gave my first impressions here. The game is being published by video game giant Electronic Arts (EA). The members of the team working on the game that were present at the panel were: Vince Zampella, Head of Respawn Entertainment; Stig Asmussen, Game Director on Jedi: Fallen Order; Aaron Contreras, Narrative Lead on Jedi: Fallen Order; Kasumi Shishido, Producer at Respawn Entertainment; and Steve Blank, Director of Franchise Content and Strategy at Lucasfilm.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order takes place after the events of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, after Emperor Palpatine issued Order 66 which identified all Jedi as traitors and were therefore systematically executed. The story follows Cal Kestis, the aforementioned padawan who had to go into hiding after the purge of the Jedi and the fall of the Republic. He is hiding out on Bracca, one of the new planets introduced in this game, when his secret is revealed. On the run, Cal has to finish his training in order to bring back the Jedi order.
Fallen Order is a third-person, action-adventure game focusing on melee combat. You play as a padawan (Jedi apprentice) who wields a lightsaber and commands various force abilities to aid him in combat. Stig Asmussen called the combat “thoughtful combat,” meaning that players have to approach different combat scenarios by identifying their opponents’ weaknesses and exploiting them, as well as other unique mechanics. Asmussen also noted that the combat system is easy to pick up and be familiar with, but it also contains a lot of depth, appealing to both the casual and hardcore gamer. Vince Zampella promised that the game will not feature multiplayer or any micro-transactions, as this is a single-player focused game.
The protagonist, Cal Kestis, is played by Gotham and Shameless star Cameron Monaghan, who joined the panel half-way through to discuss how he got the role and what it means to him, as well as discussing the intricacies of working on the game. A trailer for the game was revealed early on during the panel which you can view below. Stig Asmussen prefaced the trailer by saying that it does not show any in-game footage, but it is an introduction to the story and the protagonist. The trailer is rendered in-engine, meaning that it was made with the same engine that the video game is being made with. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is set for release on November 15th 2019, and I believe that we will be getting more information at E3 this June.
I absolutely can not wait for this game. What do you think of the trailer? Excited? Hesitant? Not interested? Let me know in the comments below. Thank you all for reading, and I will see you all in the next blog post.