Instead of Announcing a Sequel to ‘Jedi: Fallen Order,’ EA Confirmed It’s the First in an ‘Entirely New Franchise’ With ‘Star Wars’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Cal Kestis in ‘Jedi: Fallen Order’

Star Wars will at all times be massive; a minimum of for the foreseeable future. But the final 12 months has been actually massive for the franchise. With the debut of The Mandalorian and the Baby Yoda fever that adopted, to Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker creating extra flurry than conceivable, the Force was robust with followers. And don’t neglect the ultimate season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. But earlier than any of these premieres, Jedi: Fallen Order got here out in October. The EA Star Wars sport was the primary authentic online game shortly, and it was tremendous profitable. Now, it’d even be the beginning of a large period for followers. 

Cal Kestis in ‘Jedi: Fallen Order’
Cal Kestis in ‘Jedi: Fallen Order’ | Star Wars/Respawn/EA

EA confirmed that ‘Jedi: Fallen Order’ is the beginning of a ‘new franchise’

IGN reported on May 6 that EA CEO Andrew Wilson talked about the way forward for Jedi: Fallen Order in an earnings name. He mentioned this sport is the “first title in an entirely new franchise” and “suggested” that extra video games are coming, together with a potential sequel to Jedi: Fallen Order. That final half wasn’t confirmed, nevertheless it’s certain to occur if the sport is the beginning of such a giant portion of Star Wars

Matt Martin, the inventive government at Lucasfilm Story Group, tweeted out a gif of Mr. Burns from The Simpsons saying, “Excellent.” And any fan of the sport — there are a lot of — are doubtless feeling the identical. Rumors of a sequel for Jedi: Fallen Order have circulated for some time, due to its success and the principle character of Cal Kestis being well-liked. Also as a result of the corporate behind the sport, Respawn, is hiring some extra Star Wars-related positions. 

‘Jedi: Fallen Order’ was wildly profitable and explores an fascinating time in ‘Star Wars’

The sport offered rather well. As IGN reported, Jedi: Fallen Order offered round 10 million models and was initially projected to promote 6 to eight million. And it is sensible; the sport was the primary single-player story sport shortly from EA Star Wars video video games. It gave followers wonderful new challenges inside a good time interval in Star Wars

In October, Showbiz Cheat Sheet was capable of go to a preview occasion for the sport earlier than its November launch and communicate with one of many sport’s writers, Megan Fausti. She mentioned that this a part of the franchise, which takes place 5 years after Revenge of the Sith and Order 66. Cal Kestis is the principle character and he was a younger Padawan on the time of the Jedi Purge. He’s been hiding ever since. 

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This darkish period of canon was intriguing to their crew as a result of there “hasn’t been a ton of canon content for this particular time frame,” Fausti mentioned. “I feel we simply actually needed to discover the darkish instances of Star Wars. [It’s] fairly thrilling, and we actually needed to see what that will appear to be to be a Jedi when the Jedi are being hunted.”

Cal Kestis is a good addition to ‘Star Wars’ canon; followers deserve a sequel

Cal, performed by Shameless and Gotham’s Cameron Monaghan, can also be an incredible addition to canon, not simply the sport. He has been hiding out till the Empire stumbles throughout the truth that he’s a Jedi. Then he’s set out on a journey with some new buddies and makes extra on the way in which. The sport is a sequence of big puzzles and mysteries, on high of wonderful fight and duels the gamers have to perform. 

“Cal was tough,” Fausti mentioned about creating the previous Padawan. “Of course, that would be true of anybody who has this sort of background that he does… For someone who’s experienced all that trauma, getting them back to a place where they’re confident, where they’re hopeful is a challenge.”

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Cal additionally has a uncommon Force means, even amongst expert Jedi: Psychometry. It means Cal can glimpse into an object’s previous and listen to who’s touched it and vaguely what’s gone on. It actually helps transfer the story alongside and delivers extra clues to gamers when making an attempt to determine a brand new thriller or the historical past of a brand new place. 

“We wanted to make sure that what we were doing was unique and interesting and told its own story that could stand alone if you had not experienced a lot of additional Star Wars content,” Fausti mentioned. With a brand new franchise or period coming to Jedi: Fallen Order, it’s protected to say that it positively did that.

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