Respawn Entertainment showed off the first gameplay footage of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order during today’s EA Play livestream. The footage featured a level, set on the Wookiee planet Kashyyyk, and ended with a climactic moment featuring an AT-ST boss fight.
The demo, which lasted 15 minutes, showed off some of the lightsaber gameplay, as well as some exploration, platforming and force powers. The player character, Cal Kestis, is tasked with rescuing some imprisoned Wookiees from Imperial cages. Thankfully he’s well equipped, capable of using his powers to push stormtroopers into walls and throw his lightsaber for long-range kills.
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.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is scheduled to be released on Nov. 15, 2019 for PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One. The game takes place after the events of Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith, wherein the Jedi were hunted down by forces loyal to Emperor Palpatine. Players control Cal Kestis, a Jedi who survived the purge and is now living in hiding on a planet called Bracca. Joining him is BD-1 (Buddy Droid-1), an adorable companion droid with adorable droid legs. The droid can be used as a light source and can scan various objects in the environment. The events of the game are considered as part of the official Star Wars canon.
Polygon will be speaking with the developers at Respawn about the project later today, so stay tuned for more.