Today at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago, Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment finally revealed a host of new information about Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order. The panel had a number of guests, including Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella and Fallen Order director Stig Asmussen. Zampella kicked off the panel noting how important to him that Respawn was tackling Star Wars.
"I've had the honor of creating some of the biggest IPs in gaming. So to be able to add Star Wars is just a childhood fantasy. Star Wars is part of my DNA, it helped informed who I am. I think we're known for being multiplayer shooter guy, that's not just who we are," said Zampella.
Asmussen said the trailer shown at the panel was not raw gameplay, but did include gameplay assets.
The story of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has been crafted by Respawn in collaboration with Matt Michnovetz, head writer of Star Wars: The Clone Wars sixth and seventh seasons. Fallen Order takes place after Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, starring Cal Kestis, a Jedi Padawan who has survived with the Order 66 purge of the Jedi. Cal is a dock worker at the Strapper Guild, tasked with tearing apart derelict Star Destroyers. When an accident happens, Cal ends up saving a fellow worker with the Force, which puts him on the radar of the Empire. Cal is played by Cameron Monaghan (Gotham, Shameless).
The game will feature the Empire at the "height of its power," according to Asmussen. The director said that the game will be focused around "intentional" melee combat, aimed at making players really feel like a Jedi. "What I will say is combat is key for us," said Asmussen. He called the combat "easy to pick up," put promised a lot of depth for experts. Jedi: Fallen Order's combat based around facing enemies and trying to "identify and explore the weaknesses".
Those enemies include the new Purge Troopers, a new type of Storm Trooper designed by Respawn. Cal is directly hunted by the Second Sister, one of the Emperor's Inquisitors who was teased in Marvel Comics' Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith #18 by Charles Soule. She ended up dying a few issues later, killed by Darth Vader after showing attachment and letting a target escape. Potentially the events of Fallen Order will lead to the change of heart that will ultimately see her death.
Cal will be joined on his adventure by others though. One character shown in the trailer is Seer, a former Jedi Knight portrayed by actress and voice actress Debra Wilson (Mad TV, Bodied, Black Dynamite, All Hail King Julien), a former Jedi Knight. Monaghan said that Cal and Seer would not have "the traditional Padawan/Master relationship," instead calling them part of a "weird little team" that explores the galaxy. There is also Cal's droid companion, BD-1. The droid's sound profile is being handled by Ben Burtt, the sound designer of many Star Wars films, and his voice is supposed to "whimsical and endearing".
Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment will be releasing Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on November 15, 2019.