E3 2019: Jedi Fallen Order Includes Star Wars: Rogue One's Saw Gerrera
Long time, no see.
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EA may have left the circuit of several press conferences that precede E3, but it's still a part of the show with EA Play. EA kicked off its annual show with a bang, finally showcasing gameplay for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order--including the "thoughtful" lightsaber combat we've heard Respawn tease on more than one occasion. We also caught a glimpse of a familiar face at the start of the trailer: Saw Gerrera.
In the trailer, Rogue One's Saw Gerrera works alongside Fallen Order's protagonist Cal Kestis. Saw is leading a charge to free Wookies on Kashyyyk, most of which have been enslaved by the Galactic Empire. Saw gives Cal a map to pursue this mission.
Saw first made his appearance in Star Wars lore with The Clone Wars animated series, and was an important character in the movie Star Wars: Rogue One where he was portrayed by actor Forest Whitaker. The Saw portrayed in Jedi: Fallen Order appears less grizzled and hurt than the one in Rogue One. Also of note was a droid resembling another Rogue One character, K-2SO. K2 was some kind of Imperial enforcer before being reprogrammed, and the droid shown in the demo was tough enough to give a Jedi a difficult time.
Developed by Respawn--also responsible for Titanfall, Titanfall 2, and Apex Legends--Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is an entirely single-player game with no microtransactions--pretty surprising for an EA title, but a welcome one. Respawn is also working on a Titanfall project but that's been delayed to 2020 at the earliest so that 2019's focus remains on Fallen Order and Apex Legends.
Fallen Order is the story of Cal Kestis, a Jedi padawan that never finished his training and became a Knight. The story takes place right after Order 66 is declared, putting it between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. Cal hides from the Empire as a salvager on the Outer Rim, until he's discovered as a Force user. Now on the run, Cal needs to rely on his minimalistic training to escape from the masked Second Sister--one of Darth Vader's skilled Jedi-hunting Inquisitors--and the Purge Troopers. He won't be completely alone though, as Cal's journey across the galaxy sees him discovering a surviving Jedi Knight.
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