Although E3 doesn’t officially start until Monday, EA kicked things off with their EA Play event today. The first game on display was the highly anticipated Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. This is a single-player action-adventure game from Respawn Entertainment. Before today, all that had been shown of the game was a trailer and the logo for the game. What we got today, though, was a solid chunk of gameplay, clocking in at around thirteen minutes showing off what you’ll be doing as young Jedi, Cal Kestis.
Old friends and new
All of the action shown in the playthrough was set on Kashyyyk. After meeting up with some fellow rebels (including Rogue One’s Saw Gerrara, once again played by Forest Whitaker) you head into an Imperial facility to rescue some Wookies. At first, the action looks quite similar to games like Tomb Raider and Uncharted as Cal jumps and climbs his way forward. Of course, with this being a Respawn game there’s also wall-running. Then we get our first hint of Jedi powers as Cal uses force push to create a bridge.
A prominent new droid in the game is Cal’s companion BD-1. Most of the time he sits on Cal’s shoulders, a bit like a backpack. He’s not just there for looks, though. He projects a map of your location for you. He also appears to be able to interact with certain objects and machinery.
Of course, what we all want to know about in a Jedi game is lightsaber combat. While we don’t know quite how it will be controlled, from the footage we saw, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order does seem to be full of great lightsaber action. We got to see Cal hack apart numerous enemies, throw his lightsaber, and generally bring the hurt. One of our favourite moments was when he used his force powers to drag a stormtrooper over before running him through with his lightsaber. We also got to see Cal face off against some enemies with weapons that resist his lightsaber and enter into duels with them.
The game obviously looks great with it keeping a very similar style to Star Wars Battlefront II. In fact, it looks like it could have been an expansion pack for that title. Let’s hope that when the game launches it offers enough content to warrant it being a standalone title. And we won’t have to wait too long as the game releases on 15th November.
You can check out the video for the official gameplay demo down below –