Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order made its grand debut at yesterday's EA Play event, but Microsoft still managed to score an exclusive new trailer for their E3 2019 press conference. Fans spent years complaining that publisher Electronic Arts has squandered their exclusive access to the legendary Star Wars license, with multiple high-profile cancellations upsetting fans to no end. Meanwhile, games that actually manage to see release, like Star Wars: Battlefront and its sequel, find themselves lambasted for a dearth of content and aggressive microtransactions, respectively.
To their credit, EA is pushing hard to make Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order the definitive Star Wars game for this generation. Developed by Respawn (Titanfall, Apex Legends), Fallen Order tells a brand new story set in between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, showcasing a galaxy on the wrong side of the brutal subjugation of the Empire. The Jedi have been hunted to the brink of extinction, and the few survivors carve out a meager existence while hiding from Emperor Palpatine's oppressive regime. Player character Cal Kestis was a Jedi-in-training when the Jedi were decimated by the iron hand of the Emperor, but finds himself dragged into the rebellion when he exposes himself as a user of The Force.
Microsoft's E3 press conference saw the debut of a new trailer for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Comprised entirely of in-game assets, the clip showed off an exciting mix of story sequences, tactical combat, and exploration. In a show-stopping moment evocative of Shadow of the Colossus, Kestis scaled the outside of an AT-AT imperial walker before dispatching the pilots with a single blow and commanding the powerful weapon to his own ends.
The video takes an unexpected turn when a familiar face reveals himself to Cal; Saw Gerrera, the infamous rebel fighter featured in The Clone Wars, Rebels, and Rogue One. Actor Forest Whitaker reprises his role from the latter two projects, while also lending his likeness to the character, who appears visibly younger than his battle-broken visage in Rogue One. The extent of Saw's role in Fallen Order remains a mystery, but it seems Gerrera will serve as something of a mentor figure to Cal, guiding him as the young would-be Jedi fights alongside the desperate, but scrappy, Rebel Alliance.
Between EA Play and this Microsoft trailer, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has the potential to win over any and all Star Wars fanatics who remain skeptical of EA's handling of the iconic license. We'll find out for sure when the game launches on November 15, 2019, just one month before Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker.
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