Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order First Gameplay At E3 2019
EA promised that we’d get our first look at Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order at E3 2019, and here it is, 13+ minutes of uncut demo gameplay (Video Below) presented by Respawn founder Vince Zampella and game director Stig Asmussen. The footage is taken from three hours into the game, set on the Wookie homeworld of Kashyyyk.
According to Respawn “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.”
The gameplay appears to match the style of modern third-person action adventure games like last year’s God of War and the Uncharted series. There is a skill tree and experience system, used for unlocking new abilities like Force push and pull, as well as a double-jump. At one point Cal freezes a laser blast in mid air and then uses the Force to push a stormtrooper into it. There’s predictably a heavy emphasis on lightsaber combat, as well. A variety of stormtroopers come equipped with counters to your lightsaber, including charged staves and flamethrowers.
The gameplay comes in two snippets: the first shows main character Cal Kestis leaning down to let his droid friend BD-1 climb onto his back, probably because BD-1’s adorable chicken-bot limbs can’t carry him quite as fast as Kestis’ great striding man-stalks. “Come on, buddy,” Kestis says, and BD-1 responds with a few whistled chirps. The whistles sound less synthesized than what I’m used to hearing from droids like R2-D2 and BB-8; at first, I thought Cal was whistling to the droid like he was calling for a dog.
The second snippet shows Kal climbing up some grating (thank goodness the Empire’s taste in architecture is so scaleable) as a pair of TIE fighters roar overhead. It looks like somebody’s keeping watch out over the area Cal just came from. If I know my third-person action adventure games, Cal’s about to pop up and throw that poor jerk over the edge without a second thought.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is due out on November 15 this year.