It’s going to be one of the biggest Star Wars video games of all time, and it’s coming later this year. In November 2019, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will be released to tell the story of one Jedi survivor.
After its worldwide debut at Star Wars Celebration 2019 in Chicago, here’s everything you need to know about Jedi Fallen Order, from the release date and console support to the plot and gameplay details.
What Is Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order?
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a new, single-player narrative game set in the Star Wars universe.
Taking place after Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (2005), the game tells the story of Cal Kestis (Cameron Monaghan), a Jedi Padawan who survived Emperor Palpatine’s “Order 66” that saw the last of the Jedi purged all throughout the galaxy. Jedi Fallen Order will be the first appearance of Cal in official Star Wars canon.
Cameron Monaghan is perhaps best known for his role in Showtime’s Shameless and as “Jerome” in the FOX series Gotham.
The game’s official press release further details the story of Jedi: Fallen Order, including the name of a new planet that serves as the game’s primary setting. The plot summary reads:
Players will meet Cal on Bracca, a brand-new Star Wars planet and one of several new locations introduced in the game. Cal is hiding from the Empire in plain sight but is forced to go on the run when he exposes his Force powers. Along the way, Cal will make new friends, like his mysterious companion Cere, as well as run into some familiar faces, all while being accompanied by his faithful droid BD-1. Cal’s flight from the Empire is made even more dangerous as he is being pursued by the Second Sister, one of the Empire’s elite Inquisitors, who seeks to hunt Cal down and extinguish this surviving Jedi. Assisting the Second Sister are the terrifying Purge Troopers, special Imperial forces trained to seek out Jedi and aid the Inquisitors in their dastardly work.
Who Is Developing the Game?
The game is being developed by Respawn Entertainment, creators of the Titanfall franchise who hit it big earlier this year with the battle royale shooter, Apex Legends. The game will also be published by EA, which currently owns the exclusive video game rights to Star Wars.
When Will the Game Be Released? And on What Consoles?
Jedi: Fallen Order will be available on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on November 15, 2019.
What’s So Special About Jedi: Fallen Order?
What? You mean besides the fact that you get to play as a new Jedi?
At Star Wars Celebration, a big deal was made about the fact that Jedi Fallen Order will not feature multiplayer and microtransactions. (There will, however, still be pre-order bonuses and post-launch downloadable content.)
It will be a single-player story experience, akin to recent major hits like Marvel’s Spider-Man, God of War, and Red Dead Redemption 2 (although RDR2 does have a multiplayer component).
Since taking over the reins of Star Wars, EA has received criticism from fans and gamers for its strong emphasis on online gameplay and expensive microtransactions (commonly referred to as “loot boxes”) that some psychologists and U.S. legislators have deemed to be gambling. There is also a general fatigue towards online gaming felt by many gamers.
And both of these factor in a big way in EA’s most recent efforts with the Star Wars license, Star Wars: Battlefront and Star Wars: Battlefront II. So when the official Twitter account for EA Star Wars confirmed Jedi Fallen Order will have neither, there was both a positive response as well as skepticism towards EA keeping its promise.
Can You Create Your Character?
Unfortunately, that answer appears to be “No.” Unlike, for example the Mass Effect games where players were allowed to customize the main protagonist, including their gender and skin color, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will stick to Monaghan’s portrayal of Cal as the sole version of that character.
What Is the Gameplay Like?
There is a lot yet to be revealed about the gameplay of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. But at Star Wars Celebration, the developers hinted that gamers will have access to an intricate lightsaber and Force power combat system.
“It’s one of the pillars at what we do at Respawn, said Respawn CEO Vince Zampella. “We’re making interactive entertainment, so the feel, the touch, the way things interact in the game is so important.”
Zampella further confirmed that the game will be from a third-person perspective, as opposed to the first-person view in the Titanfall games, saying: “It was just a natural fit to bring that feel from the first-person into the third-person now where it’s even more important, because now that thoughtful combat, that melee, has to connect and feel right and look good. It’s just something that was really important.”
Added Monaghan, “I was coming in very objectively and I really wanted to see satisfying, weighty, visceral combat that had impact.” He further confirmed that the game will, in fact, “kick ass.”
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will be released on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on November 19.