According to the bookThe Making of Star Warsby J.W. Rinzler, George Lucas originally planned for Yoda to be played by anadorable monkeywearing a mask and carrying a cane.
2. “Ewok” was never spoken in the original trilogy.
The word “Ewok” isnever utteredby a character in the original trilogy. Although, the species is identified in the script and closing credits.
3. Boba Fett’s face is actually visible in the original movies.
You may think you never see Boba Fett’s face in the original trilogy, but the actor who played Fett, Jeremy Bulloch, didstand infor an Imperial officer at the last minute.
4. “I have a bad feeling about this” became a running gag for the franchise.
The phrase “I have a bad feeling about this” or “I have a very bad feeling about this” is said ineveryStar Warsmovie.
5.Return of the Jedialmost had a very different ending.
In a story development session forReturn of the Jedi, George Lucas toyed with the idea that after Lukeremovesdying Vader’s helmet, he puts it on, proclaims “Now I am Vader” and turns to the dark side.
6. ‘N Sync nearly had a cameo inAttack of the Clones.
Boy band ‘N Syncmade a cameoinAttack of the Clonesat the request of George Lucas’ daughter. They were edited out of the final cut. Bye, bye, bye, Justin Timberlake.
7. Yoda has no determined species.
Yoda’sspecieshas never been named. A mystery, it is.
8. Yoda is not a Muppet.
Legendary Muppeteer Frank Oz voiced Yoda and Jim Henson oversaw his creation, but he wasbuiltby a member of Lucasfilm. So don’t expect to see him at Kermit’s holiday party.
9. Depending on what movie you’re watching, Yoda has a different number of toes.
InThe Phantom Menace, Yoda hasthree toes. But inThe Empire Strikes Back,Return of the JediandRevenge of the Sith, he has four.
10. There are no female fighter pilots in the original trilogy.
Even though female fighter pilots were in the original screenplay, they were removed fromfinal cut.
11.Star Warsand2001: A Space Odysseyshare almost the exact same production crew.
George Lucas admired Stanley Kubrik, and when he set out to makeStar Wars, he hired so many people who worked on2001: A Space Odysseythat the group was referred to as “The Class of 2001.”
12. TheStar Warsprequels used computer animation to create legions of Clone Troopers
No physical suit of armor was ever built for the Clone Troopers in the prequels. Every single Clone Trooper wascomputer animated.
13. Qui-Gon Jinn used a Gillette razor for his communicator.
In Episode 1, the personal communicator used by Qui-Gon Jinn is actually made from aresin castof a Gillette Ladies Sensor Excell Razor. Now that’s smooth.
14. E.T. was inThe Phantom Menace — sort of.
The alien race ofE.T.: The Extra-Terrestrialmakes anappearanceinEpisode I: The Phantom Menace— officially connecting the worlds of Lucas and Spielberg sci-fi. A senator and his delegation from planet Brodo Asogi are present in the Grand Convocation Chamber when Queen Amidala calls for a vote of no confidence.
15. Ewoks speak Tibetan.
The Ewok language is acombinationof Tibetan and Nepalese.
16. David Lynch passed on directingJedi.
Acclaimed film director David Lynchpassedwhen George Lucas asked him to directReturn of the Jedi.
17. Darth Vader is banned from all officialStar Warsevents.
David Prowse, the actor who portrayed Darth Vader (in form, not voice), isbannedfrom attending officialStar Warsconventions because George Lucas finds him annoying.
18. The sound of a TIE fighter engine is actually an elephant.
The sound of a TIE Fighter engine was created by combining anelephant bellowand a car driving on wet pavement.
19. Chewbacca’s voice is an eclectic mix of other animals.
Chewbacca’svoiceis a mix of bears, walruses, lions, badgers and other dying animals.
20. The lightsaber noise comes from the familiar hum of an old television.
Thenoisea lightsaber makes is created by combining the hum of an old television’s picture tube and the buzz of a film projector’s motor.
21. You can useStar Warscollectible coins as real money.
The tiny South Pacific island of Niue accepts limited editionStar Warscollectible coins aslegal tender.
22. Liam Neeson was too tall forStar Wars.
The sets forThe Phantom Menacewere only as tall as the actors, but they didn’t account for 6’4″ Liam Neeson. They had torebuildall the door frames for Qui-Gon Jinn, which racked up an additional $150,000 in production costs.
23. There are enough fan tribute videos to recreateA New HopeandEmpire Strikes Back.
There are shot-for-shot re-creations ofA New HopeandEmpire Strikes Backmade entirely of campy fan tributevideos.
24. Jabba the Hut was originally meant to be furry.
Originally, Jabba the Hut was not conceived as a grimy slug, but as a fuzzy creature.
25. George Lucas left the Directors Guild because ofA New Hope.
George Lucas paid a fine andresignedfrom the Directors Guild rather than startEpisode IVwith a traditional credit sequence.
26. The iconic opening credits were created in an unorthodox way.
Filmmakers used aphysical crawlto shoot the opening credits in the original films.
27. Harrison Ford almost wasn’t Han Solo.
Burt Reynolds was among the top contenders to play Han Solo, along with Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson and Christopher Walken.
28.Empire Strikes Backuses the most stop-motion animation.
Of all the films in the franchise,Empireutilizes the moststop-motionanimation.
29. Cliff Clavin makes a cameo inEmpire.
CheersandToy Storyactor John Ratzenberger has abrief appearanceinEmpire Strikes Back. He’s the one who tells Han not to go out into the cold to look for Luke. Then he sits down for a beer with Norm.
30. Han Solo almost died at the end ofJedi.
Gary Kurtz, the original producer ofReturn of the Jedi, said that in the early story outline, Han Solodiesand the Rebel forces are left in tatters, with Luke disappearing into the wilderness. But George Lucas thought killing off main characters would hurt toy sales, so he changed the ending to a big Ewok party.
With his customized Mandalorian armor, deadly weaponry, and silent demeanor, Boba Fett was one of the most feared bounty hunters in the galaxy. A genetic clone of his “father,” bounty hunter Jango Fett, Boba learned combat and martial skills from a young age. Over the course of his career, which included contracts for the Empire and the criminal underworld, he became a legend.
With the rich and diverse cast of characters that populate theStar Warsuniverse, it’s not surprising that practically every one of them has their own fans and stories written about them. Everyone has their own favorite secondary personality that they wished got more attention before the story moved on to the main characters. However, they all pale in significance toBoba Fett, the fearless intergalactic bounty hunter. Despite only having a handful of lines in the Original Trilogy, people took to the Fett fiercely. It’s not just the cool armor and sweet gig, it’s the respect that big bad Darth Vader gives him and the fact that he’s one of the only characters that have mouthed off to the Sith Lord and not received a force choking in return. He’s a badass that does a lot withverylittle screentime.
Since appearing inEmpire Strikes BackandReturn of the Jedi, Boba’s story has been expanded on tremendously. It started with the variousExpanded Universe books and comics (nowLegends), continued withEpisode II: Attack of the Clones,and has been added to ever since. With a rumoredBoba Fett/bounty hunter spin-off moviein the works at Disney, it’s never been a better time to be a fan of the Fett. Here are the15 Things You Didn’t Know About Boba Fett
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15HE’S FALLEN INTO THE SARLACC PIT TWICE (AT LEAST)
For such a badass character, Boba Fett makes a rather embarrassing exit in Return of the Jedi. Put simply, he goes outlike a punk. However, theLegendsbooks have portrayed him as not only escaping an agonizingly slow digestion once, but later falling into the exact same pitagain.
In the comicStar Wars #81: Jawas of Doom, Boba is shown escaping the Pit of Carkoon, having rocketed his way to safety. The dazed Boba is picked up by some Jawas and stored inside their Sandcrawler. However, the hooded Jawas have also stolen R2-D2, prompting Han, Leia, and Luke to stage a dramatic high-speed rescue. Han finds the amnesiac Boba Fett inside and attempts to help him. However, Fett attacks, leaving Han no choice but to jump clear of the speeding Sandcrawler as it topples into the toothy maw of the Sarlacc. When Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012, theExpanded Universe was mostly done away within favor of a new canon. Star Wars author and historian Jonathan Rinzler confirmed in a Reddit AMA thatBoba does indeed survive the Pitin the new continuity. It’s been suggested that his trademark armor has been recovered, but there’s no sign of the man himself…yet.
14HE WAS INTENDED TO BE THE MAIN VILLAIN OF RETURN OF THE JEDI
At one point in time, George Lucas had envisioned a three trilogy epicStar Warssaga. AfterEmpire Strikes Back, the original plan was to have Boba Fett be the main antagonist of the third film, with Luke’s second confrontation with Vader being part of the follow-up trilogy. In retrospect, this makes a lot of sense. It explains why Boba takes the frozen Han Solo away at the end ofEmpireand it also explains the character’s appearance in the infamousStar Wars Holiday Special. They were clearly teasing greater things for the character, which makes his ignoble “death” in the opening ofReturn of the Jediall the more jarring.
According to Craig Miller, Lucasfilm’s first Director of Fan Relations, George Lucas had a change of heart when it came to the issue and decided to cancel the plans for another trilogy. In an interview, Miller said: “he (Lucas) took what was planned for the third trilogy, which was the confrontation between Luke and Darth Vader, and the battle with the Emperor, and that got squished down from three movies to one movie. And that became the plot of Jedi.”It’s a shame we never got to see Boba come into his own in the movies, but as the Disney machine is constantly working overtime in the background, who knows what the future holds.
13HIS FIRST APPEARANCE WAS AT A COUNTY FAIR
Many will tell you that Boba Fett debuted in 1978 in an animated short as part of the awfulStar Wars Holiday Special. This is sort of true, as it marks the character’s first “proper” appearance, but he actually first showed up in full armor next to Darth Vader at the San Anselmo County Fair Day on September 24th, 1978 – several months before theHoliday Specialaired on TV.
The assistant film editor on bothEmpireandJedi, Duwayne Dunham was the man who first suited up as the bounty hunter and braved the sweltering heat to give the public their first glimpse of Vader’s “right-hand man”.In an interview with StarWars.com, Dunham describes his experience with the suit and marching alongside Vader in scorching weather:“The two of us were about to die at that point. Sweat was just pouring. I remember telling [producer] Gary Kurtz: “Gary, I gotta get out of this suit or I’m going to pass out!” We were drenched.”. Little did the residents of San Anselmo know that they were witnessing a huge part ofStar Warshistory.
12HE WAS THE LEAD IN THE CANCELED STAR WARS 1313 VIDEO GAME
Of all the casualties of Disney’s takeover of Lucasfilm, the cancellation of the awesome-lookingStar Wars 1313is up there with the ones that hurt the most.Star Wars 1313was to be a Mature-rated game set in the galaxy far, far away. Little was known of it outside of the 2012 E3 announcement. We knew it was a departure from the usualStar Warsgames and that it was a step away from the usual lightsaber and force powers formula, choosing to focus on more grounded cover-based shooting and big cinematic sequences.
Once the game was canceled, however, details about it started to emerge. It soon transpired that the unidentified bounty hunter depicted in the early gameplay footage was actually a mislead, and that the game was going to be about Boba Fett exploring the seedy criminal underbelly of Coruscant. Not only that, but the game was intended to crossover with the proposed live-action TV seriesStar Wars: Underworld, which was also cruelly never produced. In 2015, Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy suggested that both projects may not be completely dead, but we’re not holding our breath.
11THERE’S AN ULTRA-RARE BOBA FETT FIGURE THAT’S BEEN DESCRIBED AS “THE HOLY GRAIL OF STAR WARS COLLECTABLES”
For many, theStar Warstoys are synonymous with the movies. When the original film released and became a worldwide phenomenon, the tie-in line of figures became the must-have toys for children everywhere. Despite not being in the first movie, Kenner advertised a Boba Fett figure with a launching missile as a mail-away item. The toy was almost immediately recalled due to safety concerns, but a select few managed to make it out into the hands of collectors.
As the toy was never officially released, it’s incredibly rare and highly sought after. One such figure was sold at auction in 2013 for $22,500, and in 2016, another surfaced on eBay for the eye-watering sum of $150,000. It even featured on the TV showPawn Stars, where host Rick Harrison offered the princely sum of $100,000 for it, but was declined. In any case, it’s easily one of the most valuableStar Warsfigures ever produced.
10IN HIS ORIGINAL ORIGIN STORY, BOBA WAS A MAN NAMED JASTER MAREEL
1996 novella The Last One Standing: The Tale of Boba Fettaimed to flesh out the backstory of everyone’s favorite bounty hunter. It contained many revelations about Fett’s early life, his exile, and his ongoing rivalry with Han Solo. One of the more interesting points was the fact that it stated that Boba Fett’s name to be Jaster Mareel, or at the very least, that’s the name Boba identifies himself as in one passage. The book doesn’t focus too much on this aspect, but several publications afterThe Last One Standingcorroborated the information.
When the second prequelAttack of the Clonescame out, this backstory was pretty much ignored. Boba was revealed to be an unaltered clone of legendary bounty hunter Jango Fett, who raised him like a son. Jaster Mareel was later retconned inJango Fett: Open Seasonsto be a mentor and father figure of Jango’s, who dies after he’s betrayed by Montross, a Mandalorian warrior resentful of Mareel’s fatherly relationship with the young Jango. When Boba Fett becomes a Journeyman Protector (a sort-of space cop), he uses the alias of Jaster Mareel as a nod to his father’s fallen mentor.
9HE MARRIED A FELLOW BOUNTY HUNTER AND HAD A DAUGHTER
The storyOutbid But Never Outgunnedfeatured the first appearance of a female bounty hunter named Sintas (later Sintas Vel), whom Boba meets while on assignment. Both bounty hunters are after a mysterious canister in the possession of Pizztov, a sleazy businessman. Once they catch up to him, Pizztov escapes, but only momentarily. Sintas shoots him in the back and grabs the canister. She’s about to open it when Boba shoots her in the arm with his blaster. He informs her that it could have blown up in her face without Pizztov’s retinal scan. Fett activates the canister and the holographic image of him holding Sintas who is cradling a baby is revealed (seen above), suggesting a much deeper backstory between the two.
This was later expanded on. It turns out that the pair used to be married and had a daughter together. Boba gave up the hunting business and became a Journeyman Protector. However, when his superior officer rapes his wife, Boba kills him and is subsequently arrested, tried, and eventually exiled from his new home on Concord Dawn. Their daughter, Ailyn, grew up and took on the family business, hoping to one day run into her father and avenge her mother’s death (spoiler: Sintas didn’t die, but was frozen in carbonite for 40 years).
8HIS HELMET GIVES HIM 360-DEGREE VISION
Boba Fett has all the cool toys. For starters, he’s got that awesome jetpack, a flamethrower, a grapple, and that isn’t even the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the impressive tech he uses. One of the more obscure facts about his armor and his helmet in particular, is that it grants him full 360-degree vision thanks to the advanced built-in HUD and information readouts. He’s almost literally got eyes in the back of his head – perfect for the cut-throat world of assassination and bounty hunting.
However, Boba is just as capable without all of his badass gear. He’s a skilled unarmed combatant and an expert marksman. He’s a force to be reckoned with no matter what he’s equipped with, as demonstrated when he’s sent to take in Kardue’sai’Malloc (aka the devil guy briefly seen in the cantina inA New Hope). Fett is forced to go fullRamboand abandon his armor due to the planet’s detection systems. He goes after the Devaronian armed only with a bow, some arrows, and a knife. Boba gets his man and hauls him in, leading him to a grisly execution where he’s eaten alive by vicious reptilian monsters known as Quarra. Nasty.
7HE TRAINED HAN AND LEIA’S DAUGHTER, JAINA SOLO, TO FIGHT HER TWIN BROTHER
Sticking withLegends, there was a point where Jaina Solo, one of three children in the Solo household, had to turn to her father’s former nemesis for help. It all starts when Jacen Solo, her twin brother, starts going off the rails. Once a promising student of the Jedi, Jacen slowly starts to turn to the Dark Side. He seizes control of the Galactic Alliance, murdershis aunt Mara Jade Skywalker, and takes on an apprentice of his own, becoming Darth Cadeus in the process.
Jaina realized that she had to stop her brother and turns to Boba Fett and his Jedi-killing expertise. Fett agrees and trains her up to do battle with Cadeus. Eventually, the two siblings meet on the Star Destroyer Anakin Solo (named after their late brother) and have a climactic lightsaber battle. Jaina manages to triumph and restores order to the galaxy in a deeply emotional and somewhat hollow victory. It’s nice to think that Boba’s history of killing Jedi ended up saving the galaxy.
6HE’S FOUGHT DARTH VADER TWICE
Despite being described by some as Vader’s right-hand man, Fett is an equal-opportunity bounty hunter. His assignments have occasionally brought him into direct conflict with Big Daddy V himself a couple of times. The first takes place inStar Wars Tales #11in the storyPrey, where Grand Moff Tarkin hires Fett to bring in Han Solo. Vader disagrees with the decision, and Tarkin offers him the chance to prove his superiority and complete the mission himself. Both men track Solo to the Mos Eisley Cantina and fight over the bounty, with Fett drawing a lightsaber of his own. The pair duel, but it doesn’t last long before Vader disarms him and Solo gets away.
The second fight is perhaps the more interesting. InBoba Fett: Enemy of the Empire #4, the pair clash again over the matter of a chest containing the living head of Selestrine, a soothsayer with precognitive future-telling abilities. Fett is hired to return the head to Vader, but doesn’t, leaving the Sith Lord to confront him. Boba fires a few blaster shots at the man formerly known as Anakin Skywalker, but they are easily parried. The fight comes to a head when Vader apparently mindtricks Fett into walking over a cliff. Vader advances and peers over the edge, only to receive a blaster shot to the face. Fett throws the chest over the edge and Vader abandons their battle to retrieve it, leaving Boba to declare himself the victor.
5FAMED DIRECTOR JOE JOHNSTON DESIGNED THE ICONIC ARMOR
Star Warswouldn’t have half its famous and instantly iconic designs without conceptual artist Ralph McQuarrie. However, the design of Boba Fett’s armor is widely credited to Joe Johnston, who worked as a concept artist onEmpire Strikes BackandReturn of the Jedi. Both McQuarrie and Johnston originally worked on the concept of an elite supertrooper army (similar to the Imperial Super Commandos that appear in Season 3 ofStar Wars Rebels). The original design was all white, with the troopers all looking exactly alike. Budgetary concerns prevented this from becoming a reality, but the design was tweaked for Boba Fett’s armor, with Johnston coloring it and making it unique.
Due to his involvement, Johnston is often referred to as “the father of Boba Fett”. After working on theStar Warssequels, Johnston went on to become a major Hollywood force, directingHoney, I Shrunk The Kids,The Rocketeer,Jumanji,Jurassic Park III, and the movie responsible for bringing Steve Rogers into the MCU,Captain America: The First Avenger.
4HIS ARMOR HAS A BRAID FOR A REASON
When Joe Johnston was questioned about his design for the Fett armor, he stated that he wanted to make it look like it was scavenged from a number of different sources. Eagle-eyed viewers of the movies will have noticed that Boba rocks a rather curious braid that seems to serve no discernible purpose.
However, this braid tells a story all of its own. Boba has a history of collecting trophies from his various targets, and the braid is apparently made from Wookiee scalps. Ew. Perhaps darker still is the notion that in the new canon, the braid is either made from Wookiee scalps or Padawan braids. Considering his hatred for the Jedi and the ritualistic importance of a Padawan’s hair braid, it seems completely in-character that Boba would re-purpose the Jedi learners’ hair and wear it symbolically with a sick sense of pride. No matter the origin, it probably smells absolutely terrible.
3THE ORIGIN OF THE “FETT” NAME
When stacked against some of the other exotic-sounding names in theStar Warsuniverse (such as the previously mentioned mouthful Kardue’sai’Malloc) the name “Boba Fett” doesn’t seem quite as odd. Much like most things in the now non-canonical Star Wars Legends sagas, Boba’s name has quite the history. “Fett” is actually a corruption of the Mandalorian word “Vhett”, meaning “farmer”. Yup – the badass bounty hunter, feared across the galaxy, is basically named “Bob the Farmer”.
Clan Fett is one of the oldest Mandalorian families around, with a rich and storied history. The lineage is responsible for people of all walks of life, from simple farmers to powerful war leaders. The Fett name soon became legendary for producing skilled and fearsome warriors that had epic battles against the Jedi. Perhaps one of the biggest bones of contention amongst fans is whether Jango and Boba are actually Mandalorians to begin with. The new canon seems to suggest that they aren’t, and that Jango merely assumed the name and armor. Apparently, George Lucas was never a fan of the lineage idea, and as such, Jango (and his kid Boba) are never referred to as “Mandalorian” in the prequels.
2THERE ARE MULTIPLE ORIGINS FOR THE DENT IN HIS HELMET
Boba Fett’s armor looks like it’s been through the wringer a few times (and it has). Perhaps one of the more noticeable defects on his armor, amidst all the scuffs and scratches, is the prominent dent in his helmet. Originally, this was explained as a result of Boba’s fight with Vader inEnemy of the Empire #4, in which Fett fires a blast at the Sith Lord, who reflects the blasts with his lightsaber, causing one to ricochet and hit the bounty hunter’s armored dome.
The more recent (and to date, the only canonical) reason for the dent appeared in an unused animatic for theStar Wars: The Clone Wars series, in which Boba confronts top bounty hunter (and former mentor) Cad Bane. The two square off in a classic Western-style showdown and fire at the same time, flooring both bounty hunters and leaving Boba’s helmet to roll towards the camera, still smoking and now sporting a familiar-looking dent.It’s a great sequence, and a real shame that it never made it into the show. As the clip was unfinished, we don’t know what happens to Cad Bane, but it’d be all kinds of awesome if they brought him back.
1JEREMY BULLOCH COULD BARELY SEE OUT OF THE HELMET
There have been many actors responsible for bringing Boba Fett to life. However, one of the men with the strongest claim to the role is Jeremy Bulloch, the guy who suited up as the bounty hunter inEmpire Strikes BackandReturn of the Jedi.
According to Bulloch, the costume came with its own challenges. In aninterview with Thrillist, he describes that merely walking and talking was difficult-“You could see through, but breathing in it… it started to mist up. I remember counting steps: “one, two, three, four, go to your right.” I had to count the steps I had because it’s not easy to walk about, and when you breathe in, it just mists up. And yet you have to try and look as cool as possible.”He also recalls the time during the shooting ofEmpirewhere he kept accidentally treading on Darth Vader’s cape and flubbing what few lines he had. So there we have it. From a man who could barely see, tripping over his linesandhis own feet, to one of the coolest characters in theStar Warsgalaxy. That’s the magic of movie making, folks.
There have been a lot of Star Wars movies released in recent years. But the same cannot be said for Star Wars video games. Outside of 2017’sStar Wars Battlefront II, things have been quiet. Fortunately, that’s set to change later this year, with the release of what has the makings of an exciting new title:Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order.
The new game is developed by Respawn Entertainment, the studio responsible for Titanfall and Apex Legends. That’s an exciting pitch in its own right, and we’ll be learning much more about what to expect soon. Jedi Fallen Order will be published by Electronic Arts, which still has the exclusive rights to produce Star Wars games for PC and consoles. EA has promised to showcase the game during its pre-E3 2019event,EA Play, which takes place next weekend, June 8-9. Below, we’ve rounded up all of the information we’ve heard about the game so far, as well as some of the things we’re hoping to see from the game’s EA Play presence.
What We Know
As we have not yet seen any gameplay from Jedi Fallen Order, there’s a very limited amount of information we have. We were expecting to learn a lot about the game during its Star Wars Celebration panel, but that ultimately yielded only a story trailer and a minimal amount of information about how it’s a third-person action-adventure game. That said, Respawn boss Vince Zampella offered up some news that was received with applause and cheers from those in attendance: Jedi Fallen Order issingle-player only and does not feature any microtransactions. “It’s a story game,” as he put it.
That story takes place between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope. It centers around a young Jedi Padawan named Cal Kestis (played by Gotham’s Cameron Monaghan) who survived Order 66, Emperor Palpatine’s attempt to eliminate all of the Jedi after he establishes the Empire. This turns Kestis into a fugitive hunted by the Inquisitors. He’s intent on both completing his Jedi training and reestablishing the Jedi Order.
Jedi Fallen Order introduces a variety of new locations for Star Wars, including the planet Bracca, where we first find Cal hiding from the Empire. Over the course of the game, we’ll see some existing characters to complement the newcomers, including a companion namedCere, the droid BD-1, and Second Sister, an elite Inquisitor.
As for how things play, that remains a big question mark. Jedi Fallen Order was, unlike the vast majority of EA’s games, built using the Unreal Engine, rather than Frostbite. Respawn has used the phrase “thoughtful combat” to describe how the action plays out, and we know you’ll get to use both Force powers and a lightsaber, the latter of which evolves in some manner over the course of the game.
Jedi Fallen Order’s release date is set for November 15 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.Pre-ordersare already live.
What’s Confirmed For E3 2019?
EA has remained very non-specific about what we can expect from EA Play in general. For Jedi Fallen Order, it’s only promised an “inside look.” It’ll be among the games to get a dedicated livestream on Saturday, June 8; the company is forgoing a traditional press conference in favor of a longer broadcast where each game is featured for about 30 minutes. Jedi Fallen Order is scheduled for the first slot on June 8, at 9:30 AM PT / 12:30 PM ET / 5:30 PM BST (2:30 AM AET on June 9).
What We Want
Given Respawn’s pedigree, the expectations for Jedi Fallen Order are understandably high. But we still don’t know what the game looks like in action, so a close look at gameplay is an obvious must for its EA Play showing. Specifically, what does the “thoughtful combat” that Respawn has touted actually mean in practice? The studio suggested it means you can’t button-mash your way through a fight, but does that just mean the game is difficult, or that enemies have specific weaknesses that need to be exploited? And how exactly does your lightsaber evolve, and does that mean players’ experiences could vary in a significant way?
It would also be welcome to get some insight into how Respawn deals with the tricky task of presenting a challenging experience while still making you feel like a powerful Jedi. The Force Unleashed (a gameRespawn could borrow from), for instance, allowed you to become incredibly powerful by the end of the game, but you were also suddenly dealing with such strong enemies that your cool abilities were rendered somewhat ineffective.
We’re also interested to get a firmer grasp on the story Jedi Fallen Order tells and why it matters. The Jedi Order isn’t rebuilt during the original trilogy, so how do you tell a compelling story during this time period if your actions may not end up having any impact?
One thing we don’t want to see: Any of the big characters, like the Skywalkers, Yoda, or Darth Vader. There are plenty offun characters to bring into the mix, but we don’t need Cal to somehow happen upon the most famous characters in the galaxy. And whomever those returning characters are–save them for the game. Don’t spoil any surprises for the sake of adding some excitement to a trailer.