Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order director on risk-taking, crunch, and Cal

October 17, 2019
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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order hasn’t had the easiest path to tread. In the shadow of the PR mess surrounding Star Wars Battlefront 2’s microtransactions, and the disappointing cancellation of Visceral’s title, the weight of the world’s expectations for a compelling single-player Star Wars game have fallen heavily on Respawn’s shoulders – as if producing a game for one of the world’s biggest franchises wasn’t already pressure enough.

Things didn’t get off to the best start, too, with the first EA Play video underwhelming fans who felt the game looked too linear, and the combat too simple. But soon after, things began to change: journalists went hands-on with the title and reported on its Metroidvania influences and FromSoft-style gameplay, an extended gameplay video was released, and the most recent trailer seems to have gone down well with fans. And, having spent an additional three hours with the game, I’m feeling significantly more confident in its potential. Many of the E3 demo’s problems seem to have been resolved, and it’s starting to show sparks of that wonderful Star Wars charm.

Likely in an effort to keep the story top secret, there’s still an air of mystery surrounding the game – and plenty of questions about the narrative remain. With less than a month left until the game’s release, I spoke with director Stig Asmussen at a Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order preview event in Los Angeles this week to talk about the final stages of development, the team’s philosophy surrounding the writing, and what it means to be working on a canon Star Wars game.

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