The sequel to Star Wars: Fallen Order, Star Wars: Jedi Survivor, was introduced a while in the past, however developer Respawn Entertainment has remained largely silent on what to anticipate. That modified earlier this month when a brand new gameplay trailer pulled the veil again on a number of new gameplay options, to not point out an impending March launch date. We adopted up with game director Stig Asmussen to be taught extra particulars concerning the anticipated title.
One of probably the most notable additions is the arrival of a number of new combating stances for Cal Kestis as he goes into battle. “We have five fully realized stances in the game,” Asmussen shares. “A lot of it depends on the enemy that you’re coming across. It’s advantageous to use certain types of stances against certain types of enemies, and it’s up to the player to figure that out. It requires the player to break down the enemies and figure out what the best weapon of choice is.”
The new stances embody a devoted twin blade choice, displaying Kestis flipping and spinning his two separate blades at excessive pace. A separate new stance finds the Jedi wielding a blaster and lightsaber concurrently, including a brand new ranged dynamic to his strikes. “It really speaks to where we find Cal in this part of the story,” Asmussen says. “It’s five years since the first game, and the dark times are still in full swing. He’s an unconventional Jedi, and he has to do unconventional things. So, something that would be frowned upon during the height of the Jedi Order? Cal’s finding he’s going to do whatever it takes.”
Players additionally get a brand new heavy stance leveraging the crossguard-style lightsaber, made acquainted by Kylo Ren. “It’s a more confident approach,” Asmussen says. “It’s weighty; it’s beefy. But you have to be very measured on how you use it because the timing windows are longer with the blade.”
In addition to the return of well-received characters like BD-1 and Cere Junda, Respawn is introducing new faces, together with a mercenary named Bode Akuna. “He and Cal form a special bond,” Asmussen says. “It’s almost like they’re brothers. And they’re not exactly the same, but they really do complement each other.” Beyond story issues, Bode performs a job as a buddy A.I. character who aids in each fight and traversal.
Jedi Survivor embraces a number of new traversal mechanics, permitting for a lot higher flexibility in exploration. That contains utilizing an ascension cable for climbing and crossing distant factors and Kestis’ potential to tame and journey mounts. “It’s much of a wider Metroidvania approach,” Asmussen says. “Cal can cross huge gaps by chaining several types of skills together. But it’s also about how we approach these mounts and how they’re used to negotiate and dominate the world.”
It’s clear we’re simply scratching the floor. There’s a brand new gang of enemies Cal should contend towards. We additionally know Cal is visiting a brand new planet within the Star Wars fiction, which Asmussen says shall be a central proving floor and place of exploration, alongside visits to quite a few different worlds. The motion and visuals (with some significantly spectacular ray-tracing) look phenomenal. All indicators level to a sequel that’s greater than able to step up from the position of Padawan to that of a real Jedi Knight.
Star Wars: Jedi Survivor is ready to reach on March 17 for PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.