The highly anticipated video game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order just hit the shelves. It follows the story of Cal Kestis, a padawan who survived Order 66 and is now finding his own path to becoming a Jedi. Cal must survive being hunted down by the Empire and the Inquisitor known as the Second Sister. Players will get to travel to new and iconic worlds and accomplish their quest to become a Jedi alongside characters such as mentor Cere Junda and Rebel extremist Saw Gerrera.
The game’s plot does seem to pull a bit from the celebrated Star Wars: Rebels series. Character Kanan Jarrus was also a padawan during Order 66 and must achieve Jedi Knighthood alone while being relentlessly chased by the Inquisitors. And the character of Saw Gerrera originated in this series, as well. Still, this game from Respawn Entertainment appears to have been crafted with a great deal of heart and passion. Writer Megan Fausti and developer Stig Asmussen wanted a character-driven tale. Fausti recently stated in an interview with StarWars.com:
The pitch was that it’s about becoming a Jedi. You don’t begin as this powerful Jedi who knows all the tricks of the trade. You start as Cal, who was a Padawan back when the Order was still around. He experienced Order 66 as a Padawan, and now he’s trying to relearn some of the things he knew in the past, as well as learn some new abilities.”
Narrative lead for Respawn Entertainment, Aaron Contreras, said:
“Our goal is to make players feel like they’re becoming a Jedi, like never before. While a significant part of achieving that ambitious goal fell on the carefully crafted story, organically weaving the player’s actions — and interactions — into Cal’s evolving, narratively rich journey was equally important . . . Every discipline in the development team really collaborated and came together. You had the concept and art teams creating environments, making them feel authentic to Star Wars . . . I had story going into each of these areas; and then [level designer] Jeff [Mager] was looking at opportunities to create different challenges within the world. Everything wove together, from the mechanics to the story.”
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order became available to purchase November 15th, 2019 and is available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
Ashley is the author of the Thread of Souls book series, an avid traveler, and a Dungeons and Dragons enthusiast!