Featuring more of its Metroidvania & Dark Souls influences.
Two weeks after E3 2019, Respawn Entertainment has finally released the full 26-minute Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order official gameplay demo that was originally shown to the press behind closed doors during the event.
Unlike the 13-minute E3 2019 trailer, this new extended cut showcases a lot less linear game than was initially shown, featuring more of the Metroidvania and Dark Souls-like gameplay that was said by game director Stig Asmussen to have inspired the game’s development in the first place.
In a blog post coinciding with the release of the new Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order official gameplay demo, Asmussen explained more about the game and how it was a mistake to not have shown this 26-minute extended cut earlier. Here are the most important bits and pieces from his full statement:
“We spent months going back and forth discussing the best strategy to release this content, and ultimately decided for the first-look, it was critical to present a focused 15 minutes of raw, in-game footage highlighting lightsaber gameplay that speaks to the Jedi fantasy in an empowering way.
But it should not be mistaken that our combat is overpowered or easy. I promise there is considerable challenge and depth to be found within our combat system.
The same can be said about our approach to level design, which is crafted in a non-linear way with heavy influences from games like Metroid, Castlevania, and the Souls series.
The game will feature several planets that the player can elect to travel to via starship. On these worlds unique abilities and upgrades can be found that open up new paths across other planets, making retraversal an essential part of the gameplay experience.
This is a lot to describe in 15 minutes of gameplay. Getting hands on the full 25 minute experience is best to completely understand it.
Last but not least, we would like to share the full demo video with all of you.
The top of the demo showcases a hand-crafted sequence we refer to internally as a Star Wars™ moment.
Midway through look out for a small peek into our planet hopping system, an example of an upgrade/acquire, as well as our Metroid inspired map (in action).”
Other cool bits in the gameplay demo include a seemingly playable sequence where protagonist Cal Kestis commandeers a freaking AT-AT and what looks to be a glimpse of the many planets players will be able to visit in the game.
I previously described how Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order looked like what Star Wars The Force Unleashed 3 could’ve been (judging from the E3 2019 trailer alone), but now I see that there’s potentially a lot more to the upcoming game than I realized.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is slated to release for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC on 15 November 2019. That’s just a month before the release of Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker on 20, December 2019.
Check out the official (extended cut) gameplay demo of Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order below.