The last few years have been interesting for war of stars as IP. While theatrical releases have more than refunded their money (for the most part) and the franchise has seen a resurgence in TV and books lately, its gaming presence has been a little more chaotic. Both DICE and EA’s multiplayer focused Star Wars Battlefront Titles have earned solid followings and sold well, but Battlefront II 2017 was plagued by bad press regarding in particular Loot boxes and gambling addictionand the Lego Star Wars Games just existed. If the ‘The 90’s and early 2000’s were home to some great games from the franchise, the mid to late 2010’s left a lot to be desired in comparison.
All of this means that no one expected it Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order to hit the ground running like 2019. Developed by Apex Legends/Titanfall Developer Respawn, it originally seemed like a decent character action game, a write-off from the beloved souls Play and starring the average looking Cal Kestis. But the game became a critical and commercial success, praised for being an old-school, no-frills single-player gameIt’s well put together and for being a well narrated exploration of a Jedi traumatized by Order 66. The success of Fallen Order was so massive that not only a sequel in the form of 2023 was imminent Jedi Survivor guaranteed it gave EA a chance keep working war of stars again after Battlefront II almost everything sunk.
Under Fallen Order Highlights What made his story work so well was how isolated it was, even as it picked up steam just a handful of years later Vengeance of the Sith. There were familiar planets – Dathomir and Dagobah – along with big universe cameos in the form of Saw Guerra and the perennial fanboy bait that is Darth Vader. It was Vader in particular that felt like the most noticeable cameo; assuming Vader had no trouble trimming Jedi who survived the purgeand how freely he killed them tangentially related That Cal survived his brief encounter with the Sith seemed to push the young Jedi into a potentially dark narrative corner.
In what is probably the bravest move of the game, Fallen Order completed about Cal destroying the holocron that contains information about Force-sensitive children in the galaxy. After seeing that attempting to found a new Jedi order could bring ruin to these children and himself, he trusted that things would eventually work for yourself out. It gave him and his friends on the Stinger Mantis the chance to exist in this universe with no clear purpose in mind. In turn, it gave Respawn a relatively blank canvas for what it was just can’t do anything with these characters that really rocks the galaxy at this particular time that things are happening. For a franchise that prides itself on tackling an inevitable future that hangs over many of its characters existing between major films – from the Spirit crewto Ahsoka Tano and Darth Maularound yet Obi Wan Kenobisince last weekend – this aimlessness was refreshing.
With any luck, this will be transferred to Jedi Survivor. The first trailer is lightly narrated but offers glimpses of Cal’s fight against another Inquisitor, our potential main villain, and the sight of Cal and his droid BD-1 observing an unknown person in a bacta tank. It only exists as confirmation that Respawn is very keen to continue doing pretty well war of stars games. But again, if you’re comparing this trailer to the rest of what happened at Celebration this weekend – check it out Ahsoka Series prepares to become a Star Wars rebels reunionor Tales of the Jedi shorts Bringing back fan favorites like Dooku and Qui-Gon is more than a little surprising survivor didn’t try follow. There’s no shot of Cal meeting Ahsoka or a young Han Solo, not even a hypothetical reference to bringing in material from the expanded universe.
These things will surely be revealed in time because that is the case War of stars, and so it rolls. But if Respawn sticks with it Weapons and only focuses on single player adventures where Cal and Co get into trouble occasionally come to terms with the legacy? This isn’t a bad sub-franchise to build in a galaxy far, far away.
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