The world’s biggest video game convention, E3, brought news from a galaxy far, far away.
For the first time, players are getting a first look at Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order with new images, video and details for the film.
Here’s the initial description from Star Wars:
On the planet of Kashyyyk, you are now part of an important mission to help the Wookiee natives.
As Cal Kestis, the protagonist in the forthcoming console game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, players must be prepared to emerge from hiding and wield a lightsaber and the power of the Force to help the galaxy and potentially rebuild the fallen Jedi.
The game intends to introduce fans to a new cast of characters in an era that’s gone largely unexplored in the past, however, creators say there will be some familiar places and faces. For example, guerrilla rebel Saw Gerrera voiced by Forest Whitaker reprises his role.
This new story is set just after the execution of Order 66 when the majority of the Jedi Order has been destroyed and survivors are being hunted down, Cal has been hiding in plain sight carving out a new life as part of the Scrapper Guild when the game begins. But when a work accident spurs him to use his abilities with the Force to help a friend, he must flee to save himself and evade capture. On the run during this single-person action-adventure game, he must stay one step ahead of the Empire while simultaneously unraveling an ancient mystery that could help restore the Jedi Order. Game producer say it’s “totally cannon.”
One of the new characters is Cal’s buddy droid: BD-1.
BD-1 provides helpful information and assistance. Story-wise, he’s Cal’s companion. A short form of Respawn’s nickname for the character, “Buddy Droid,” BD-1 is voiced by legendary sound designer Ben Burtt, who helped create the sound for iconic droid counterparts including R2-D2 and BB-8. In-game, BD-1 serves many functions including hacking doors, scanning new environments, emitting a flashlight in dark corners and a meter for the character’s health, and can even help heal Cal in battle.
Perhaps one of the most satisfying aspects of the game is the ability to wield a lightsaber and use the Force through the third-person gameplay. But it won’t be easy. A skilled player will need to block, parry, and deflect with just the right timing. And different enemies require different combinations of moves.
The game will also introduce never-before-seen Force abilities, including Force slow, the ability to slow down another person or object. Similar to Kylo Ren’s use of the Force to freeze a blaster bolt in mid-air in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, light side user Cal can manipulate the Force to create an effect somewhere between a Force push and a Force pull, as if they’re running through water.
The game also introduces the young Padawan’s ability to run on walls, a Respawn gameplay classic move, which will incorporate the use of the lightsaber to simultaneously deflect blaster bolts.Variations on the classic stormtrooper will appear in the game, including the all-new purge trooper, specially trained soldiers who can combat Jedi and other Force-sensitive characters and are harder to beat in battle. You will also get into scuffles with scout troopers and have to avoid the intense heat from the flame troopers’ special artillery.
Here’s a look at the first-ever video showing gameplay:
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order arrives November 15 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC