There are a lot of echoes in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Protagonist Cal Kestis' special attunement to the Force lets him sense history through items, reaching back across time to capture a moment or emotion. But one of these echoes isn't just a bit of history or exposition, but a tribute to a Respawn designer's father.
Nicholas Cameron, a level designer for Respawn Entertainment, posted a thread to Twitter yesterday about one specific echo about a character named Mar Ti "Bucky" Kam'Ron. If you're sensitive to spoilers, Cameron doesn't go into detail about any story-related ties, but worth the warning anyway.
[JFO Spoilers]- Nicholas G Cameron (@RamblingCameron) November 19, 2019
For #JediFallenOrder, I was lucky enough to do the level design of an iconic snowy planet (that I won't name atm)! While you explore it, you may happen across something special. An echo about Mar Ti "Bucky" Kam'Ron.
That echo is a tribute to my dad (1/5) pic.twitter.com/gM7drvbG3d
Kam'Ron is a reference to Martin Cameron, Nicholas' father who went by the nickname Bucky with friends. Martin passed away early last year, but left his own mark on the games industry.
Martin was an artist on many games, working on titles like Monkey Island and even X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter, meaning the two Camerons not only shared a vocational link, but one through Star Wars as well. Cameron remarks that while it's rough his dad didn't get to see Nicholas' ship Jedi: Fallen Order, he's "always grateful that he got to know I'd be working on [Jedi: Fallen Order]."
Games provide a unique way of immortalizing the people who worked on them, both directly or through their ongoing influence. Nintendo's Satoru Iwata has been memorialized in several games since his death, and Shadow of War created a DLC character in honor of executive producer Michael Forgey. For Nicholas, he says his father was why he got into games in the first place, and now that influence lives on in Nicholas and Respawn's work, in a universe they shared.
"All of that makes leaving this tribute to him extra special, because it's within a world that we shared," Nicholas tweeted. "And now he gets to live on as a Jedi in the [Star Wars] world."