The official E3 2019 weekend kickoff is underway and first up to show off some games is none other than EA with their EA Play. Of course the very first game that they gave us was the much anticipated Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and with a 13 minute trailer of breathtaking visuals and gameplay, this is shaping up to be one of the most ambitious titles in the series history.
The demo starts off with the protagonist, Kestis, sleuthing his way around the environment with is little droid buddy BD-1 , who will no doubt be the most popular part of the game. As he traverses the path, he also uses various force powers to navigate his way into a prison on the Wookie planet Kashyyk. This includes using Force Pull to bring a tree vine his way so he can swing onto another platform, and Force Push to create an opening to another hallway.
Even more exciting is that Kestis also brings out his inner Nathan Drake as he climbs walls and even does some wall running which brought back memories of Titanfall. Once Kestits does engage enemies in combat, he doesnt hold back with his abilities, and this also means using the lightsaber. Right away, the third person camera view mixed with some roll dodging made us remember the times we freaked out during out Dark Souls and Bloodborne playthroughs, and this combat style looks like it borrows some of those mechanics.
However, Kestis has a lot more as his disposal, he can use Force Speed to nearly stop time and run around his opponents to catch them off guard, or for laughs pull a Stormtrooper into one of their blasts from their rifles. Lastly, Kestis can maximize his Force Pull by grabbing his enemies and slicing through them with the lightsaber, making for a cruel end for anyone unfortunate to be on the receiving end.
We also got to see Kestis take on a couple of mid-level bosses, Darktroopers who wielded double sided plasma spears. They both appeared to have a stamina bar, as each time they were hit the bar decreased in length before leaving their health bar open for attacks. This also applies to Kestis, who has his own bar, as well as some stim packs to heal himself. The demo ends with a giant robot charging over to Kestis who readies his lightsaber to counterattack.
Overall, we were very impressed with this demo, and it shows just how far the development has come for Respawn Entertainment. If the final product is anything like this Alpha showing, then we can’t wait to get our hands on it later this year when it comes out. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order launches on November 15 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
You can check out the gameplay demo here:
- This article was updated on July 30th, 2021