Reminder – Respawn’s Star Wars title, Jedi Fallen Order, will be revealed on April 13
We just wanted to give all of you Star Wars fans a gentle reminder that Respawn’s Jedi Fallen Order will finally be revealed next week. At Star Wars Celebration 2019 in Chicago, Respawn’s Vince Zampella and Director Stig Asmussen will take the stage to present the game.
Join the head of Respawn Entertainment, Vince Zampella, and Game Director, Stig Asmussen, along with many special guests, to be the first to learn about this holiday’s highly anticipated action-adventure game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
Hear how Respawn and Lucasfilm collaborated on this original Star Wars story, following a young Padawan’s journey in the Dark Times following Order 66. And, of course, we’ll have a few surprises in store.
Very little is known about Jedi Fallen Order, but what is known is certainly very exciting.
Jedi Fallen Order
Respawn has confirmed that the game will be a single-player, third-person, action-adventure “that tells a new story set shortly after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.” It was also discovered, by Attack of the Fanboy, that the game will be built using Unreal Engine 4.
A listing for a Techincal Artist position on the Respawn careers page was seeking someone who could “Work with the art team to build tools and shaders in Unreal Engine 4.” This is a move away from the modified Source Engine that Respawn has used for Titanfall and Apex Legends.
In April 2016, former God of War Director and now Jedi Fallen Order Director Stig Asmussen posted a blog on Respawn’s website announcing the game and his position as Game Director. Asmussen was an art and environment director on the God of War series and directed God of War III. Asmussen said;
We promise to pay respect to the Star Wars legacy at all times, a fact that will be constantly reinforced and honored as a central game design tenet. Fans should expect the exemplary level of quality first established at Respawn with Titanfall, a game that epitomizes our studio’s dedication to slick, larger-than-life action and fun, groundbreaking mechanics.
Asmussen isn’t the only epic talent working on Jedi Fallen Order though. It was revealed early last month that prolific games writer Chris Avellone had worked on the game. Avellone is best known for Fallout 2, New Vegas, Planescape: Torment, Icewind Dale, Pillars of Eternity, Prey and most recently Degrees of Separation.
I can't say 100% b/c of NDAs, but the ones I can say: I just finished up work with Jedi: The Fallen Order – and beyond that, there's another big bomb dropping in a month! Er, I mean, maybe. Ahem.
— Chris Avellone (@ChrisAvellone) March 1, 2019
Avellone’s LinkedIn page states that he worked at Respawn from February 2018 through January 2019 and was;
Narrative Designer/Writer (contractor) did story work, story/character reviews, and wrotecinematic scripts for Jedi: The Fallen Order. For those not in the know, Jedi are basically spacemonks who use telekinesis, mind control, and occasional bursts of lasersword violence in order to impose their values on the rest of the galaxy.
Oh, and in case you weren’t aware, Avellone has experience with Star Wars, having served as the Lead Designer and Writer on Knights of the Old Republic II.
In addition to Asmussen, another Sony Santa Monica alumnus, Jason de Heras is working on Jedi Fallen Order. de Heras is the game’s Lead Combat Designer and had the same role on God of War III and Ascension.
Another talented developer on the team is Aaron Contreras who is serving as the Narrative Lead. Contreras has worked on Mafia III, ACIV: Black Flag, Bioshock Infinite, Far Cry 3 and WoW.
In Episode 245 of the Making Star Wars Podcast, host Jason Ward revealed that he’d been speaking to “someone in the gaming industry” who had revealed that Jedi Fallen Order was going to be like “Force Unleashed without the Mountain Dew qualities.”
The Force Unleashed (and its terrible sequel) starred Darth Vader’s secret apprentice, Starkiller who was working for his master in order to assassinate remaining Jedi. However, fans will remember how over-the-top Force Unleashed was as Starkiller was able to perform feats far beyond that which we had seen before.
Pulling down a Star Destroyer from orbit anyone?
As reported by Newsbreezer, according to Zampella, the game will have a dark tone. This fits the timeline as following Order 66, most of the Jedi had been wiped out. Let’s hope it’s the good kind of ‘dark’ and not the Hot Topic, Avenged Sevenfold kind.
"Join the head of Respawn Entertainment, @VinceZampella, and Game Director, Stig Asmussen […] to be the first to learn about this holiday’s highly anticipated action adventure game, #StarWarsJediFallenOrder."
1:30 PM CT on April 13th! And yes, there will be a livestream. https://t.co/tLPDJVZ7Wf
— EA Star Wars (@EAStarWars) March 22, 2019
Everything we know so far sounds great. Now, all we need to do is wait until April 13 to find out more.
Jedi Fallen Order will be coming out in 2019 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.