Today marked Triple Force Friday, a day focusing on the merchandise for pre-holiday Star Wars media. Following the livestream event, Lucasfilm invited us to sit down to watch a panel specifically about Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. The upcoming Respawn action game boasts a pedigree that other Star Wars games have lacked and, despite EA's somewhat tepid marketing of the title, it seems to be full of potential. Today's trailer introduced new characters, established the game's villains, and seemed to hint at more well-known pieces of the Star Wars mythos colliding within Respawn's new game, but we lacked further details until the panel.
Star Wars TV Show host Anthony Carboni hosted the panel with Cameron Cuffe, the actor that portrays Jedi: Fallen Order protagonist Cal Kestis, and Respawn narrative designer Aaron Contreras. The panelists were excited to finally talk about the game, but the invisible shock collar of Disney didn't let up, as they had to stop themselves before they revealed a bit too much.
They did, however, give us a few details.
For Every Jedi, a Sith
Jedi: Fallen Order's newest trailer introduced the game's villain, known as Second Sister, the darkly-clad Sith who taunts Cal in the voiceover. The panelists pointed out that Second Sister is one of the Imperial Inquisitors from the Star Wars Rebels TV show, as avid fans will likely notice. The Inquisitors were tasked with hunting down the remaining Jedi after Revenge of the Sith, which would clearly put them on Cal Kestis' trail.
Another villain, a lumbering dinosaur-like Dowutin Sith, is known as Ninth Sister. She was created for Marvel Comics' Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith series, where she accompanied Vader on missions in her role as an Imperial Inquisitor. Ninth Sister is also an empath, meaning that she can read the thoughts and feelings of those she's fighting, an ability that the panelists noted messes with Cal quite a bit.
During the panel, Carboni mentioned that there was a planet very familiar to him, but the others shut down that discussion very quickly. The panelists said there will be "many familiar planets," but they were not willing to confirm them today.
Exploring Worlds and Fighting Monsters
Contreras specifically called out the game's Metroidvania structure by name, and explained that Cal's mission is to search for a specific unknown item. He and Cere, the woman whose ship he boards in the trailer, are looking for a MacGuffin that could be key to restoring the Jedi Order. Similarly, the Empire and Second Sister believe the item could be of use to them, as well.
The ship that takes Cal from planet to planet belongs to Cere and Greez, the smaller alien seen in the trailer attempting to calm Cal down. The ship is named Stinger Mantis, though the crew simply calls it "Mantis". In the trailer, a screen was shown of multiple planets which reflect familiar Star Wars characteristics, including vast forests, lava, and ancient ruins. Contreras explained that Cal will have to scour environments and return to old areas in his search, as one tends to do in a Metroidvania.
It's also not just Imperial troops that are causing Cal trouble. In the trailer, he fights a giant bat named Gorgara, a Cyrodactyl that does not take too kindly to him. The panel said there would be a large amount of flora and fauna, both dangerous and benign, to see in Jedi: Fallen Order. Contreras also implied that pitting the certain enemies against the right creatures might result in the two fighting each other, but could also end up with both coming after Cal if you're not careful.
The panel ended with the group making jokes about not being able to say much, though the details they offered were intriguing for any Star Wars fan. Those details make the wait for Jedi: Fallen Order just a little bit harder. Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment will be releasing Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order on November 19, 2019, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
In USG's hands-on impressions from E3 2019, Mike Williams said Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order reminded him of action-adventure games like Uncharted mixed with combat reminiscent of the God of War reboot. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on November 15. For more information, head over to our guide to everything we've learned about Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order so far.