Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order Sees The Return Of A Major Clone Wars Planet

Does this mean Darth Maul will make an appearance?


Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order previews were published online earlier today, with several outlets offering their thoughts on Respawn Entertainment's first foray into the third-person action-adventure genre. Of the two planets available to visit during a preview event, Respawn has opened the landing zone for one of Star Wars' iconic planets in the galaxy far, far away--Dathomir.

Dathomir is a very important locale in Star Wars lore. Not only is the crimson planet seen in The Clone Wars, but it is also the home base of the Nightbrothers, the Nightsisters, and prequel Trilogy villain, Darth Maul.

The Nightbrothers were a tribal group of Zabrakian males who served as a military arm for the Nightsisters. In contrast, the Nightsisters were magick-sensitive women who harnessed much of Dathomir's power. Maul has feet in both camps: born a Nightbrother and birthed by the Nightsister clan's Mother, Nightsister Talzin. He gets chopped in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi in Episode I: The Phantom Menace, but survives by focusing his hatred on Kenobi and makes a cameo in Solo: A Star Wars Story. With confirmation that characters like Rogue One's Saw Gerrera will make an appearance, there's a very real possibility Darth Maul could battle Jedi Fallen Order protagonist Cal Kestis at some point.

A lot of bad happened on Dathomir during The Clone Wars, though, including the almost total annihilation of the Nightsisters executed by Count Dooku. With Jedi Fallen Order taking place not long after Order 66--an executive order by Emperor Palpatine that saw most of the Jedi killed--Respawn has remained tight-lipped about what Dathomir is like. However, the planet is available to visit for those looking for a tougher challenge.

"Within the cinematic, it's very clear that Dathomir is a dangerous planet, and you've got to be careful if you're going to choose that," game director Stig Asmussen said in an interview. "The player is given a warning if they go there, but at the same time though, I don't want to discourage people from going there because some people might. It's almost like it's a difficulty level that's built-in without actually having a menu in front of you."

GameSpot editor Alessandro Fillari attempted Dathomir during his three hours with Jedi Fallen Order. He didn't see much success. "[Dathomir's] an incredibly unnerving world to explore, and the roaming Rancors that come in various sizes didn't make it any it any easier," Fillari said. "After a few attempts exploring the space, I decided to pack it in."

We're a little less than a month from Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order's November 15 release on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. There's plenty of Jedi Fallen Order coverage to comb through till then, including the lack of fast travel, the PC requirements necessary to run it, and much more. So be sure to check back for all the latest news on Respawn's upcoming character-action title.

Please use a html5 video capable browser to watch videos.
This video has an invalid file format.
Sorry, but you can't access this content!
Please enter your date of birth to view this video

By clicking 'enter', you agree to GameSpot's
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Now Playing: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Goes Gold - GS News Update

GameSpot may get a commission from retail offers.

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email

Join the conversation
There are no comments about this story