Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order : gameplay, release date and everything we know
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is just days away. We finally got a good look at gameplay during E3 2019 over the summer, showing off its focus on up close and personal lightsaber combat and a few cool force abilities. Later, EA released a story trailer showing the protagonist Cal teaming up with his new friends while on the run from an infamous Jedi killer. Now we have a launch day trailer to tide us over until the big day.
Fallen Order’s main character is a young force user named Cal Kestis. Respawn says that unlike other Star Wars games, we won’t have the option to tempt Cal with the dark side of the force. Fallen Order will be a more linear story less suited to branching narrative choices. Instead, the game will explore the dark times following The Revenge of the Sith when the Empire is at the height of its power and Cal and other force users are in hiding.
Below are all the other details we’ve learned about Fallen Order’s story and gameplay.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’s release date:
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is releasing on November 15, 2019 on PC and consoles, as confirmed by the Star Wars Celebration panel.
There are two editions: a standard edition and a deluxe edition, the latter of which includes some extra cosmetic DLC, and behind-the-scenes features and content.
Notably, Fallen Order is not available to play early through EA’s Origin Access program, unlike many of its games. EA says this is to prevent spoilers.
Fast facts on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
- Morality system: No moral choices. Light side only!
- Open world: Jedi: Fallen Order won’t be open world but will have exploration and puzzles.
- Where to buy: You can get Jedi: Fallen Order on Origin or Steam thanks to a new partnership between EA and Valve.
- Multiplayer: Jedi: Fallen order is singleplayer only
- Microtransactions: None of these either!
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’s story is set after Revenge of the Sith
Cal Kestis, played by Gotham’s Cameron Monaghan, is a young force user and a budding Jedi, and he’s the hero of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. He’s survived the initial onslaught of the infamous Order 66, but now he’ll be on the run in plain sight, until some incident forces him to expose his force powers. He’s now hunted by the Second Sister. No, not the Seventh Sister from Clone Wars, but definitely another Imperial Inquisitor who lives to hunt Jedi. According to Respawn’s Vince Zampella, she’s powerful enough to control the flight stick of Cal’s escape ship remotely, so she’ll definitely present a challenge.
“Many Star Wars fans, ourselves included, are really interested in the dark times, so we wanted to explore that mysterious, dangerous period,” says Stig Asmussen, game director on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, who previously worked on the God of War series. “The team at Lucasfilm have been amazing collaborators, helping us explore and further develop this part of the timeline where the Empire is at the height of its power and any remaining Jedi are in hiding. Within this narrative, we’ve crafted a game with intense, yet thoughtful and fun melee combat using the lightsaber and Force powers, allowing anyone to fulfill their Jedi fantasy.”
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’s gameplay will be heavy on the melee
Respawn wants you to know that they love lightsaber battles as much as you do. From a press release, Respawn has given us a little taste of what that means for Jedi: Fallen Order’s gameplay, calling it “thoughtful combat,” and saying its an easy-to-learn, lifetime-to-master affair.
“Players will use their Jedi training to create different melee combinations with an innovative lightsaber combat system and Force abilities. Players will also use traversal and other platforming abilities to strategically overcome opponents and solve puzzles in their path across this galaxy-spanning adventure. “
According to Respawn, it’s not just Cal who will be growing. Your lightsaber will be evolving in its own right over the course of the game, although details are sparse on what that means. Perhaps it’ll be something similar to the Force Unleashed games where you can transfer kyber crystals and customize your own look and powers—at E3 2019 Respawn confirmed that you will be able to change the colour of your lightsaber’s ‘blade’, though it sounds like red will not be an option. In the story trailer at least, we see Cal stopping a giant rotating fan before a Purge Trooper shoves him into it, plus earlier in the trailer it looks like he may be trying to save his friend from falling into what has to be a sarlacc pit.
That’s great, but your lightsaber can’t dismember stormtroopers
It’s a bit grim, but the old Jedi Knight games communicated the true power of a lightsaber by letting you slice through stormtroopers like sticks of butter. Unfortunately, the same won’t be true for Jedi Fallen Order, according to an IGN preview. Though, you will be able to slice up non-humanoid baddies like droids or the oversized spiders seen in the E3 2019 gameplay reveal.
Force powers include push, pull, and slow
In the gameplay demo shown at E3 2019 we got a look at Cal’s early-game powers. Jedi Knight classics push and pull are in, and you can chain the pull into an execution move that sees Cal use his lightsaber to viciously impale the enemy. You can get meaner with his slow force power. In the demo Respawn slowed a blaster bolt in mid-air and then used pull to pick up a trooper and force him in front of his own fired shot. Respawn has confirmed that there will be more force powers, but they’re a secret for now.