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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order release date, new story trailer, and more details

The Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order release date is getting awfully close, and now we know a little bit more about what we'll be fighting for. A new story trailer for the game came out at the big Force Friday preview event, and it gives us a better introduction to many of the game's characters - including Cal's allies and his nemesis, the Second Sister. It's the biggest reveal we've gotten since we got to see how Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has substantial Metroidvania elements that make it feel larger and more connected than you might have surmised from all the fight scenes. Honestly, though, the fight scenes look pretty great - like a more lightsabery and approachable version of Sekiro.

EA's latest Star Wars game follows a long line of Star Wars properties, but it isn't afraid to beat its own path. There's no Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Dark Side path for example, the story following one clear narrative path on the side of good only. That said, you may get some nice KOTOR flashbacks from your ship acting as a hub you can use to travel, explore and return to areas across the galaxy. Read on to find out everything we know about Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

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 gameplay is a duelist's delight

The first Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order gameplay finally arrived at E3 2019, and it was worth the wait. EA and Respawn Entertainment showed off more than 13 straight minutes of a single playthrough, following Cal Kestis as he infiltrates an Imperial facility on the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk. In this case I use the world "infiltrate" to mean "jump, slice, and Force power his way through". The gameplay demo gave us an extensive look at combat, which seems to use a Sekiro-style posture system for melee battles mixed with fearsome Force abilities.

That isn't all. A further 10 minutes of gameplay that EA only showed in private during E3 sets up another side of the game beyond Uncharted-style adventure and Sekiro-style action. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has a Metroidvania side, complete with a ship that you can use to travel back and forth between planets as you unlock new powers to traverse previously inaccessible areas.

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 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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