Last year we found out that Respawn’s Star Wars game is called, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Along with a few little titbits of information, we have an expected release date of sometime in Fall, 2019. Other than that, this game is a bit of a mystery. So, what should we expect from it?
Note that the recent cancellation of EA’s open world Star Wars game and the dubious nature of EA’s contract with Disney and Lucasfilm is not considered in this piece.
Looking at Respawn’s past work, you’ll see that they’re responsible for the Titanfall series. These are first person shooter games where players can traverse environments on foot or in a mech. Based on this, it would be reasonable to assume that this Star Wars game may be played from a first-person perspective.
However, if the title of the game, Star Wars Jedi, is anything to go by, one might also assume that you play as a Jedi, which would suggest lightsabre action. While past Star Wars games like Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy have featured first person gameplay with third person lightsabre action, few have ever presented lightsabre action from a first-person perspective. Star Wars Trilogy Arcade is one such example.
On May 4th, 2016, game director Stig Asmussen revealed that the game was going to be a third person game. Other than that, there isn’t much to go on. Stig’s previous works include the God War series. This could be a good indication of the type of game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will be. It could be action packed and fast paced, if the older God of War games are anything to go by.
We know that the story takes place between the events of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. This places it in a twenty-year time span which has so far been explored in films Solo: A Star Wars Story and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, as well as on TV in Star Wars: Rebels and in books suck as Ahsoka, Tarkin and Thrawn.
What we know from these sources is that the Star Wars galaxy is in a dark place. The Empire is mining planets, ruling with a heavy fist and essentially running roughshod throughout the galaxy. The Death Star is under construction, remaining remnants of the Jedi are in hiding and are being hunted and small rebel cells are forming.
It could be reasonable to assume that the tone of this game will be a dark one too. The game has been confirmed to take place shortly after the events of Revenge of the Sith. Without an exact time, this would mean it’s before the events of Solo, Rebels and Rogue One and perhaps closer to the events of the books, Ahsoka and Tarkin. Therefore, we could see the early days of the Empire, where they are still expanding and going from being a Republic to a feared dictatorship.
Based on the title of the game. Jedi: Fallen Order, we can also assume that the story will focus on the Jedi and their remnants. Perhaps the Jedi are being hunted and eliminated by Inquisitors, or perhaps it’s about trying to take a padawan through their training? With a similar time period, elements of this game could be similar to an older Star Wars game, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.
In the Force Unleashed, you play as Darth Vader’s secret apprentice, Starkiller, prior to the events of A New Hope. In the game, you hunt down the remaining Jedi across the galaxy, while encountering the rebel alliance and discovering how the alliance formed. This is now non-canonical though, and with Jedi: Fallen Order taking place closer to Revenge of the Sith, the Rebel Alliance won’t be in it.
The developers have revealed that you play as a Padawan who survived Order 66 in Revenge of the Sith. This could be a completely original character made for the game, however, there are some familiar characters who it could also be.
The main candidate is Kaiden Alenko. Kaiden is from the TV series, Star Wars: Rebels, but he also has his own comic book series that takes place during and after the events of Revenge of the Sith and he’s in the book, Star Wars: A New Dawn.
At this time, Kaiden is still a Jedi Padawan because he was still in training during the events of Order 66; where most of the Jedi were wiped out. The story could revolve around Kaiden fleeing from the Empire while also learning to be a Jedi prior to him meeting Hera Syndulla in Star Wars: A New Dawn.
Another possible candidate is Ahsoka Tano. At the end of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Ahsoka leaves the Jedi order having still been a padawan. It’s debatable if she can still be classified as a padawan during the events of this game. We know she tries to lay low and be as conspicuous as possible thanks to the book, Ahsoka. In this book, she somewhat reluctantly returns to her Jedi ways to save a planet and its inhabitants from the Empire. Without an exact time for the events of Jedi: Fallen Order, we don’t know if this book is before, during or after the events of the game.
One possibility was also Quinlan Vos. We don’t yet know the fate of Quinlan Vos, but in now non-canonical material, he was said to have survived the events of Order 66. However, Quinlan is not a padawan, but instead a full-blown Jedi Master. This probably rules him out as being the playable character, but an appearance is still possible.
So what do you think? Are you looking forward to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order? What are you expecting Respawn to do with it? Let us know in the comments!