There are few weapons that embody the essence of their wielder more than Jedi’s lightsabers. And there isn’t a Star Wars game that gives fans more options to forge their own laser blades than Knights of the Old Republic. But the upcoming Jedi: Fallen Order might revive the endless lightsaber crafting options that enchanted KOTOR and KOTOR 2 diehards.
Electronic Arts revealed orange lightsabers will make a triumphant comeback to Jedi: Fallen Order earlier this month. The tangerine-hued swords had seemingly been wiped from the Star Wars canon since Disney bought the franchise from Lucasfilm back in 2012. But Jedi: Fallen Order will reintroduce the color the galaxy and that could mean the wide variety of lightsabers colors in KOTOR might also return.
The RPG series included ten lightsaber crystals of varying rarities that could be found by exploring the darkest corners of the games’ maps. The orange crystal’s return could be a signal that EA will include all of KOTOR’s lightsaber colors and even new shades, like the onyx-toned Darkblade wielded by Pre Vizsla in Star Wars: Clone Wars animated series.
KOTOR’s spectrum of lightsaber crystals led to gamers obsessing over collecting them all to design the lightsaber of their dreams. This led to fans going out of their way to explore every nook and cranny of the games, making it one of the most beloved Star Wars RPGs of all time.
Early impressions of Jedi: Fallen Order suggests that the EA title will encourage players to wander off the beaten to discover the mysteries that the game holds.
“Fallen Order [lets] you go wild in massive, sprawling interracially woven environments rife with secrets, collectables, unlockable shortcuts, branching paths, and dangerous enemies,” said IGN’s Brian Altano.
What better way to entice Star Wars fans to explore than rare lightsaber crystals?
While Jedi: Fallen Order won’t be as pure of an RPG as KOTOR, allowing players to highly customize Cal Kestis’ lightsaber might give them the same sense of wonder they felt when they were hunting for crystals in the older games.
Jedi: Fallen Order will be released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows November 19.