THE E3ODUS [E3 2019 Preview]: Star Wars Jedi – Fallen Order.

Robert “The DCD” Workman

STAR WARS JEDI: FALLEN ORDER (Respawn/EA – X1/PS4/PC – November 15, 2019) – As you know by now, EA has taken the Star Wars franchise in a direction that’s been more multiplayer oriented as of late with the Battlefront series. That’s not the worst thing, mind you, as Battlefront II also introduced single player components. But…it also tried to get away with loot boxes and, well, that left a few fans more than jaded.

But now it appears to be making up for the matter, as it’s turned to Respawn to not only make its next Star Wars title magical, but also…single player? Yep, Jedi: Fallen Order will do away with any sort of multiplayer mayhem in favor of something single player oriented. Kind of like Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II. But with probably a lot more depth, and a lot more action. And we’re just fine with that. While Fallen Order won’t actually be at E3 itself, it will be featured during EA Play just a few days beforehand. The company already confirmed that it will have a gameplay debut during the livestream, and we’ll finally be able to see it in action. As far as what we can expect, that could be anyone’s guess…

We do know that the game will feature a young Padawan turned fugitive after Order 66 turns everyone to dust by the end of Attack of the Clones. With the help of a few rebellious allies, it’ll be up to you to try and make sense of things, while fending off against enemies that want nothing more than to destroy you. It sounds like the combat may take a turn towards the likes of Dark Souls, challenging you as you attempt to master various lightsaber combat forms and refine your blocking and striking skills. For that matter, you’ll likely enhance its abilities and become a, ahem, Force to be reckoned with as later battles pick up. This, of course, could change, but it sounds like the approach Respawn might just be going for.

For that matter, it sounds like you’ll be able to learn some new abilities as well, completing your “training” as it were and mastering your Jedi powers just when you’ll need them the most. Not unlike the Apprentice in Unleashed, mind you, but maybe with a certain tweak or two that follows the path of what Respawn is all about.

The trailer, released at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, gives us a taste of what we can expect from Jedi: Fallen Order. It’s a far cry from what we usually expect from EA, but also a glimmer of A New Hope, as it were. It reminds us that there are studios out there that can make devoted Star Wars stories instead of just the usual multiplayer mayhem. And that could make Order a top draw when it arrives on November 15. We can’t wait to see what this game has to offer!

-Robert Workman

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