Back in April I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the Jedi Fallen Order panel at Star Wars Celebration. The panel itself focused mainly on introducing Star Wars fans to the new protagonist Cal Kestis and revealed a little bit of the story elements of the upcoming EA published videogame. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much information on the actual gameplay other than it being a third person single player story focused game. Well, that all changed moments ago as EA revealed fifteen minutes of uncut gameplay!
This morning E3 2019 kicked off with the EA Play presentation and first up was none other than Jedi Fallen order and there was a lot of cool gameplay elements on display. During the footage we saw plenty of lightsaber combat, some interesting use of force powers and even a familiar face! That’s right, our boy Saw Gerrera is back! From his brief scene in the footage I couldn’t to tell if it was Forrest Whittaker providing the voice but regardless it’s cool to have Saw featured in a new Star Wars story.
The footage that was shown off took place entirely on the Wookiee home world of Kashyyyk where the main character Cal is given a mission by Saw to infiltrate an Imperial sap refinery. Apparently, the Empire mines sap on Kashyyk to make a “powerful compound.” Cal sets off and uses a combination of lightsaber skills, force powers, and hard-core parkour techniques to navigate the level. Along the way he faces off against the normal array of stormtroopers, scout troopers (armed with a one-handed melee weapon of some type), flame troopers, the recently revealed purge troopers, and even a few giant spiders (no thank you.) Perhaps the coolest part of the footage was the way Cal used his force powers to deal with the threats that stood between him and his goal. Besides force pulls and pushes he also seemed to use some sort of variation of Kylo’s freeze ability. One really cool part had him freezing a laser bolt, grabbing a storm trooper with the force, and then throwing him into the frozen bolt to kill him. The footage ended right before an encounter with a K-2S0 style security droid and it was cool to see another one of those show up.
A few months ago, on an episode of Now This is Podcasting, Jason described what he heard about this game as “The Force Unleashed with less Mountain Dew” and the footage we saw today definitely feels like that was accurate. Everything we saw seems more grounded and in line with cinematic Star Wars and not as over the top as The Force Unleashed. So as disappointed as many Star Wars youtubers might be it doesn’t look like we’ll be pulling any Star Destroyers out of the sky in this game.
A few other small observations:
- Before they started the footage Vince Zampella and Stig Asmussen from Respawn stated that this section takes places around three hours into the game. That means the amount of time it takes before you get your lightsaber and start kicking ass is fairly short.
- At one point Cal is shimmying across a grate right below a couple of stormtroopers. The stormtroopers said something to the effect of “well at least we have the high ground.” How’s that for on the nose references?
- Throughout the presentation they kept emphasizing “thoughtful gameplay.” They were really trying to make it seem like this game won’t be some sort of mindless button masher and that it’ll take practice and an understanding of the controls to really be able to pull of the type of cool stuff we saw in the gameplay.
I know EA’s recent handling of the Star Wars license hasn’t been great but at the end of the day I think we can all agree that we just want good Star Wars videogames. Jedi Fallen Order looks like a step in the right direction and personally I can’t wait to check it out.
Jedi Fallen Order is slated for released on November 15TH, 2019 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC