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New ‘Jedi: Fallen Order’ Trailer Shows a Clash of Force

  • The stakes are high for Cal Kestis and company.
  • More combat shown off.
  • Can Second Sister make the Sith cool again?

Star Wars has been having a bit of a rough go of it the last couple of years, depending on who you ask. For its great financial success in theaters, many feel that the new films just aren’t living up to the sci-fi epics that came before them. On the video game front, it’s a similarly mixed affair, where the Star Wars Battlefront games have ended up being something fun to play, but business practices lead many to feel that EA was doing a force-choke on their wallets. But in 2019, there is a new hope, and I don’t mean the Star Wars film of the same name.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is only a couple months away from release, and the developers at Respawn Entertainment are trying to do right by the fans and the franchise with an experience that’s trying hard to go back to the more intimate Star Wars games of a time gone by. In a new trailer, we get a deeper look at the situation Cal Kestis finds himself. By sheer chance, he’s become one of the Empire’s most wanted men, tracked by some of the most elite servants it has to offer.

Among them is a character known as the Second Sister, and in this trailer, we get a deeper look at her as well as she pursues Cal and his allies through the galaxy. With some ominous villain monologuing that we’ve come to expect, her cold demeanor brings us a more serious character than we’ve seen out of the Sith for several years now. It’s a welcome return to form, and I hope that maintains well throughout the game.

The biggest highlight of the trailer though isn’t the narrative implications, but the new gameplay that’s shown off. Where the E3 2019 presentation of Fallen Order felt a bit slow-paced, it looks substantially quicker here. Also, we get to fight a giant bat-owl-looking thing at some point so that’s going to be a unique fight. You can never judge a full game on a trailer, but given the success that Respawn had with Titanfall 2’s campaign I’m hoping they can deliver something special. It’s easy enough to go back and play older games like Shadows of the Empire or Jedi Outcast, but I want something more modern that can hopefully live up to the feelings of some of the older Star Wars gems.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order releases November 15, 2019 on Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC platforms. Will you be unleashing the force this holiday season, or do you have your sights set on different games?