Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
|Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order|
|Engine||Unreal Engine 4|
|Release||November 15, 2019|
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is an action-adventure game developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts. It was released for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on November 15, 2019. Players control Jedi trainee Cal Kestis, in a story set in the Star Wars universe shortly after the film Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. It was announced during E3 2018, with a more detailed reveal during the Star Wars Celebration in April 2019.
Reviews for the game were generally positive, with some critics claiming it to be one of the best Star Wars games in over a decade. Its plot, characters, and gameplay were generally praised, though it was criticized for its technical bugs and glitches.
Players take control of Cal Kestis as he attempts to survive while being chased by the Empire, including the Inquisitor the Second Sister. Throughout his journey, young Cal will visit both new worlds and ones from Star Wars lore such as Kashyyyk, with the assistance of the Rebel extremist Saw Gerrera and his mentor Cere Junda.
The gameplay is that of an action adventure game, designed for players to "jump into a situation" and deal with it through "having a lightsaber and Force powers", not to utilise stealth elements to avoid combat. There is not an option to play a Dark Side path through the game. In combat, Force usage consists of three different abilities, Force "Push", Force "Pull", and Force "Slow".
Setting and characters
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order takes place five years after Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and before Solo: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars Rebels, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. The game follows young Jedi Padawan Cal Kestis (Cameron Monaghan) who is being hunted by an Inquisitor, trained by Darth Vader (Scott Lawrence), known as the Second Sister (Elizabeth Grullon). Supporting characters include: Cal's friend Prauf (JB Blanc), former Jedi Master Cere Junda (Debra Wilson), ship pilot Greez Dritus (Daniel Roebuck), Cal's master Jaro Tapal (Travis Willingham), a droid named BD-1 (Ben Burtt), Jedi master Eno Cordova (Tony Amendola), Partisan leader Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker), crime lord Sorc Tormo (Luke Cook), the Ninth Sister (Misty Lee), Nightsister Merrin (Tina Ivlev), former Jedi Taron Malicos (Liam McIntyre), and the Clone Troopers (Dee Bradley Baker).
Five years after Order 66, former Jedi Padawan Cal Kestis is in hiding on the planet Bracca, where he works in a junkyard, scrapping ships from the Clone Wars. Cal is forced to use his Force powers to save his friend Prauf during an accident, revealing Cal's Jedi identity. The Empire dispatches the Second Sister and the Ninth Sister, two deadly Inquisitors; they kill Prauf and pursue Cal. Former Jedi Cere Junda and four-armed pilot Greez Dritus save Cal, and they leave in Greez's ship, the Stinger Mantis.
Cere takes Cal to the planet Bogano, where an ancient vault is located. On the way to the vault, Cal befriends a small droid named BD-1, who shows him a message from former Jedi Master Eno Cordova. The message reveals that the vault was built by an ancient civilization called the Zeffo, and that Cordova hid a Jedi holocron containing a list of Force-sensitive children inside; Cere believes the list could help rebuild the Jedi. However, the only way to access the vault is to follow Cordova's path and pass his tests. Cal heads to the Zeffo homeworld and finds a clue pointing to Cordova's friend, the Wookiee chieftain Tarfful, on Kashyyyk.
On Kashyyyk, Cal teams up with Saw Gerrera and his Partisans to fight Imperial forces enslaving the native Wookiees. Unable to find Tarfful, Cal returns to Zeffo and encounters the Second Sister, who reveals that she was Cere's Padawan, Trilla Suduri. Trilla was captured by the Empire when a tortured Cere betrayed her; she warns that Cere will do the same to Cal.
Cal learns that he needs to find a Zeffo Astrium to unlock the vault, but he is captured by a bounty hunter and forced to fight in a gladiatorial arena. He is rescued by Cere and Greez and soon receives communication that Tarfful is willing to meet. Back on Kashyyyk, Tarfful instructs Cal to seek answers at the top of the Origin Tree. There, he finds a recording of Cordova telling him that an Astrium can be found on Dathomir. The Ninth Sister attacks, but Cal defeats her.
On Dathomir, Cal's progress is immediately impeded by Nightsister Merrin, who blames the Jedi for the massacre of her people, and attempts to keep him away. Cal experiences a flashback in which he remembers his master, Jaro Tapal, sacrificing himself to protect him during the Purge; he is attacked by Jaro's spirit, and his lightsaber's kyber crystal is destroyed. Cal then encounters former Jedi Taron Malicos, who sought to learn the magick of the Nightsisters. Malicos offers to teach Cal how to handle that dark power; Cal refuses and flees as Merrin attacks. Cere admits that when she learned Trilla became an Inquisitor, she briefly fell to the dark side, which is why she cut herself off from the Force. They travel to Ilum to rebuild Cal's lightsaber. Returning to Dathomir, Cal overcomes his guilt at Jaro's death. Malicos again attempts to tempt Cal to the dark side; Merrin helps Cal defeat Malicos and decides to join the Mantis crew at Cal's invitation.
The crew returns to Bogano. Cal uses the Astrium to unlock the vault and reveal the holocron, but Trilla steals it and escapes. Cere reassumes her position as a Jedi Master and grants Cal the rank of Jedi Knight. They assault the Inquisitor headquarters on Nur, and Cal is able to defeat Trilla and recover the holocron. Cere attempts to make amends with Trilla, but Darth Vader appears and kills Trilla for her failure. Cal and Cere barely escape with help from BD-1 and Merrin. Back on the Mantis, the crew wonders what to do with the holocron. Cal, having realized that gathering the children would make it easier for the Empire to target them, destroys the holocron and asks where they should go next.
Stig Asmussen joined Respawn Entertainment in 2014 as the studio's game director, leading the studio's second development team. The project was later revealed to be a third-person action-adventure game set in the Star Wars universe in May 2016. Aaron Contreras, one of the writers for Mafia III, led the game's narrative team, which included Chris Avellone and four other writers. The studio also collaborated with Lucasfilm to create new characters and locations.
The game was created with Unreal Engine 4. Drawing inspiration from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and the Dark Souls series, Asmussen has said the team's goals for the game design include creating a deep combat system and incorporating aspects of Metroidvania map design.
On June 8, 2019, it was announced that Gordy Haab and Stephen Barton would be composing the score for the game. The former had previously composed the scores to Star Wars: The Old Republic and Star Wars: Battlefront while the latter had collaborated with the studio on the Titanfall series and Apex Legends. The score was recorded at Abbey Road Studios with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Bach Choir of London.
Marketing and release
Publisher Electronic Arts announced the game at E3 2018. It was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on November 15, 2019, a month before the theatrical release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. At E3 2019, Electronic Arts showcased a 15-minute demo of the game. Around two weeks after this on June 25, 2019, the studio showed an extended 25-minute version of the original demo.
A tie-in comic series, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – Dark Temple, was announced on June 11, 2019 for release in September 2019.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order received "generally favorable reviews", according to review aggregator Metacritic. IGN's Dan Stapleton gave the game 9/10, saying "Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order makes up for a lot of lost time with a fantastic single-player action-adventure that marks the return of the playable Jedi."
The PlayStation 4 version of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order sold 26,761 copies within its first week on sale in Japan, which made it the fifth bestselling retail game of the week. In the UK, it was the second bestselling retail game during its first week on sale, with 66% of sales being for the PlayStation 4 version and the remaining 34% for the Xbox One version.
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