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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Press Release

We covered the reveal of new Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order details yesterday. But there's also this press release on the news, so here's that to add additional details to what we know about this new Star Wars action/adventure:

During a panel today at Star Wars™ Celebration in Chicago, Respawn Entertainment, a studio of Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA), announced that Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order™, a new third-person action adventure game, will launch on November 15, 2019 on Xbox One, PlayStation®4 and PC via Origin™. The game will feature an authentic story set shortly after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith™, when the Jedi have fallen. Fans will play as a young Padawan named Cal Kestis, brought to life by Cameron Monaghan (Shameless, Gotham), who has survived Order 66, the Emperor’s secret decree to eliminate all Jedi. Players must pick up the pieces of Cal’s shattered past to complete his training and master the art of the iconic lightsaber - all while staying one step ahead of the Empire and its deadly Inquisitors.

“Many Star Wars fans, ourselves included, are really interested in the dark times, so we wanted to explore that mysterious, dangerous period,” said Stig Asmussen, Game Director, Respawn Entertainment. “The team at Lucasfilm have been amazing collaborators, helping us explore and further develop this part of the timeline where the Empire is at the height of its power and any remaining Jedi are in hiding. Within this narrative, we’ve crafted a game with intense, yet thoughtful and fun melee combat using the lightsaber and Force powers, allowing anyone to fulfill their Jedi fantasy.”

“When Respawn approached us with the idea for this game, we were immediately supportive. A single player, story-driven title in the Star Wars universe was exactly what we were looking for, and we know the fans have been eager for one, as well,” said Steve Blank, Director, Franchise Content & Strategy, Lucasfilm Story Group. “Focusing on Cal stepping back into the shoes of a Jedi post Order 66 opens up a lot of gameplay opportunities and rich story threads to develop for this new character and his backstory.”

Players will meet Cal on Bracca, a brand-new Star Wars planet and one of several new locations introduced in the game. Cal is hiding from the Empire in plain sight but is forced to go on the run when he exposes his Force powers. Along the way, Cal will make new friends, like his mysterious companion Cere, as well as run into some familiar faces, all while being accompanied by his faithful droid BD-1. Cal’s flight from the Empire is made even more dangerous as he is being pursued by the Second Sister, one of the Empire’s elite Inquisitors, who seeks to hunt Cal down and extinguish this surviving Jedi. Assisting the Second Sister are the terrifying Purge Troopers, special Imperial forces trained to seek out Jedi and aid the Inquisitors in their dastardly work.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is designed with gameplay as a top priority in order to deliver the kind of intense Star Wars lightsaber battles that are seen in the films. Brought to life by Respawn, a studio known for high-quality games that are both visually beautiful and technically masterful, players will use their Jedi training to create different melee combinations with an innovative lightsaber combat system and Force abilities. Players will also use traversal and other platforming abilities to strategically overcome opponents and solve puzzles in their path across this galaxy-spanning adventure. Star Wars fans will recognize iconic locations, weapons, gear, and enemies, while also meeting a roster of fresh characters, locations, creatures, droids and adversaries new to Star Wars.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is available now for pre-order, and will offer fans unique cosmetic content. For more details, visit StarWarsJediFallenOrder.com.

For more information on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, please follow the EA Star Wars channels on Twitter and Facebook, or visit https://www.ea.com/games/starwars.

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11. No subject Apr 15, 2019, 13:33 Nullity
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Apr 14, 2019, 19:43:
“When Respawn approached us with the idea for this game, we were immediately supportive. A single player, story-driven title in the Star Wars universe was exactly what we were looking for, and we know the fans have been eager for one, as well,”

LOLZEN

And here is how it really went:

Respawn: Here is an idea for a single player, story-driven title in the Star Wars universe. Whatcha think?

EA: No multiplayer?

Respawn: Nope.

EA: Honest question... are you guys fucking retarded???

Respawn: Well, yes... errr... no, but it will be ready right before the Episode IX launch so how is that? If we added multiplayer it'd be mid 2020 at the earliest.

EA: *deep sigh* OK, guys. The only reason we are not cancelling this abysmal shit idea of yours is that Disney ordered an Episode IX game so get to it but approach us with a no multiplayer idea ONE more time and we will shut you the fuck down, capisce?!

Respawn: Sir, yes, Sir! We shall double our efforts, Sir!
I can't believe I'm agreeing with CJ, but I was going to say something similar.

EA has already canceled at least 2 in-development single-player focused Star Wars games (one of them headed by Amy Hennig, FFS). Given that, plus the fact that they have an exclusive license to the Star Wars franchise, this quote from LucasFilm makes it easy to read between the lines that Disney is flexing its muscles at EA and pushing them to make this game, after their abysmal handling of the franchise so far.

I'm all for it. I mean yeah, EA is just a giant red flag, but the Titanfall 2 campaign was pretty great, so I'm giving Respawn a sliver of benefit of the doubt, considering that Disney/Lucasfilm seems to be getting involved.

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10. Re: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Press Release Apr 15, 2019, 09:32 Quinn
 
No gameplay = no excitement.

I didn't even bother reading this press release.
 
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9. Re: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Press Release Apr 15, 2019, 08:32 MacLeod
 
Cutter wrote on Apr 14, 2019, 21:19:
I'm sure they'll shoehorn in all manner of MTs. Want a different lightsaber than blue? 5 bucks a color. That sort of shit. Don't want to grind out Force powers? 5 bucks a power. etc.

Literally said there would never be micro transactions in the game at the Celebration panel, which was reported in the article from yesterday.

Kxmode wrote on Apr 15, 2019, 00:43:
The trailer uses in-game assets but it's not clips of game play.

The no game play thing has me a bit concerned... seems a bit odd not to show anything. You think they would have went all out, since it was a Celebration reveal.
 
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8. Re: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Press Release Apr 15, 2019, 00:43 Kxmode
 
The trailer uses in-game assets but it's not clips of game play. Which begs the question, why didn't they just make a proper CG trailer?  
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7. Re: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Press Release Apr 14, 2019, 21:52 Turd Ferguson
 
Rilcon wrote on Apr 14, 2019, 19:15:
I've never seen so many words written about a game announcement that manages to give zero information about what the game actually is.

I almost choked on my tea, lol
 
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6. Re: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Press Release Apr 14, 2019, 21:19 Cutter
 
I'm sure they'll shoehorn in all manner of MTs. Want a different lightsaber than blue? 5 bucks a color. That sort of shit. Don't want to grind out Force powers? 5 bucks a power. etc.
 
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5. Re: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Press Release Apr 14, 2019, 19:43 CJ_Parker
 
“When Respawn approached us with the idea for this game, we were immediately supportive. A single player, story-driven title in the Star Wars universe was exactly what we were looking for, and we know the fans have been eager for one, as well,”

LOLZEN

And here is how it really went:

Respawn: Here is an idea for a single player, story-driven title in the Star Wars universe. Whatcha think?

EA: No multiplayer?

Respawn: Nope.

EA: Honest question... are you guys fucking retarded???

Respawn: Well, yes... errr... no, but it will be ready right before the Episode IX launch so how is that? If we added multiplayer it'd be mid 2020 at the earliest.

EA: *deep sigh* OK, guys. The only reason we are not cancelling this abysmal shit idea of yours is that Disney ordered an Episode IX game so get to it but approach us with a no multiplayer idea ONE more time and we will shut you the fuck down, capisce?!

Respawn: Sir, yes, Sir! We shall double our efforts, Sir!
 
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4. Re: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Press Release Apr 14, 2019, 19:15 Rhett
 
They've certainly been on a roll with shitty, shitty game roll-outs lately (minus Apex, but I'm gonna chalk that up to Respawn). BF5 and Anthem are suffering severely.

Curious to see this game though, given the dev.
 
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3. Re: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Press Release Apr 14, 2019, 19:15 Rilcon
 
I've never seen so many words written about a game announcement that manages to give zero information about what the game actually is. May as well be a SCUMM adventure game.

Also,
“When Respawn approached us with the idea for this game, we were immediately supportive. A single player, story-driven title in the Star Wars universe was exactly what we were looking for, and we know the fans have been eager for one, as well”
Didn't these people put a bullet into two different "single player, story-driven title in the Star Wars universe" games while they were still in the crib over the last 5 years? I can't be the only one that'd prefer 1313 over Yet Another Lone Jedi vs Empire game.
 
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2. Re: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Press Release Apr 14, 2019, 18:48 Jivaro
 
I just can't imagine anyone buying into any of the hype and actually pre-ordering this game yet alone buying it on the first day or in the first week.

Nothing short of a force ghost Carrie Fisher appearing before me, flipping me off, and Jedi mind-tricking me into buying it is going to get me to give EA anymore money for this IP.

(Except SWTOR, which somehow has managed to be relatively unaffected by whatever the rest of EA wants to do with Star Wars. Probably because it's almost like a whole separate IP)
 
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1. Re: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Press Release Apr 14, 2019, 15:52 eRe4s3r
 
I have absolutely no doubts that EA will manage to fuck this up, somehow, and so completely and utterly that it will further move EA into the worst company on the planet region for 2019.

Calling it*
 
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