Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order's release date, gameplay reveal set for E3, and more


Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order's gameplay debut is getting awfully close. After unveiling Fallen Order's story at Star Wars Celebration 2019, EA and Respawn Entertainment plan to follow up with a first look at how the game plays just before E3. Make sure you check out our E3 2019 schedule for updates on when the gameplay debut will begin as soon as we have them. Until then, we have a bunch of story and gameplay details to pore over from Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order's initial appearance. Secretly, I might actually be more excited for this game than Star Wars Episode 9.

We needed some kind of outlet for our excitement, so we've assembled everything we know about Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order in one handy place - whether you've been following the project since the whispers started circulating in 2014 or if you're just coming aboard now, you'll find something to ooh and ahh over.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order release date is November 15, 2019

You won't have to wait too much longer for the Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order release date to arrive. EA has confirmed that the game will come out on November 15, 2019, squarely within its previous release window of "holiday 2019." Make sure you keep an eye on our guide to video game release dates if you want to see what else will land around then. The last few months of this year are going to be busy.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer is a story introduction too

The first Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer is our introduction to Cal Kestis. The former padawan is trying to evade the Empire's attention but things don't quite work out, leading to desperate clashes with Jedi-killing Purge Troopers as well as the Imperial Inquisition's Second Sister. According to Respawn Entertainment, the trailer is made with in-game assets though its footage wasn't pulled directly from the game itself. That also means we're still waiting to see what the game itself looks like in action.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order gameplay is coming at E3 2019

We'll see our first actual Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order gameplay at E3 2019. Until then, know that Respawn Entertainment is calling it an "action melee" game, so you shouldn't expect to go barreling around with a stolen E-11 blaster rifle. Cal Kestis will rely on his incomplete mastery of Force powers - remember, he was only a padawan when Order 66 happened - and a busted-up lightsaber to survive in combat. Respawn is aiming for a thoughtful yet approachable feel to combat, encouraging players to size up their opposition and exploit their weaknesses. 

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions are confirmed

You'll have a choice of consoles to play on: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions have all been confirmed. EA and Respawn haven't mentioned any platform-exclusive content yet, and given the game's conspicuous lack of microtransactions, it may skip them entirely. Xbox sponsored a few giveaways at the game's reveal panel but none of them included goods specific to Fallen Order. Hopefully the experience will be more or less the same wherever you decide to play.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Switch version isn't likely for now

EA and Respawn haven't made any mention of a Switch version for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order yet, and you probably shouldn't get your hopes up. Never say never, but relatively few major EA games have made it to Switch with the exception of FIFA. It'd be pretty nice to take all that Jedi goodness on the go with you, though.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order's hero has a familiar face

If you watch Arkham, you may recognize the actor behind Cal Kestis: Cameron Monaghan, who plays both Jerome and Jeremiah Valeska (the latter of whom becomes The Joker). Don't worry, he's definitely a good guy this time. Unless he becomes a Sith or something at the end. But he probably doesn't.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order's lightsaber grows with you

Cal Kestis may start the game with no lightsaber at all - a sorry state for any self-respecting Jedi. But it looks like he'll find a half-broken saber with a blue blade at some point relatively early in the game. You may even get to fix it up and upgrade it, as EA teased that the saber will "grow and evolve" over the course of the game. Would it be going too far into wish fulfillment territory if we got to swap out kyber crystals and change the color, too?

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order boss may be an Imperial Inquisitor

Cal Kestis will have one nemesis in particular among the forces of the Empire: the Second Sister of the Inquisitorius (if you read the Darth Vader comics series, you briefly met her in its 19th issue). Like the rest of her sinister cohort, the Second Sister wields a double-bladed red lightsaber with a circular guard that allows it to spin freely. She's a former member of the Jedi Order and is a powerful wielder of the Force - if Cal ends up facing off against her in the big battle, you'd better hope he's grown quite a bit since his padawan days.

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