Lucasfilm Wasn't Originally on Board With Respawn's Vision of STAR WARS JEDI: FALLEN ORDER
Mechanic: Bartosz Sobczak
Source: The AIAS Game Maker's Notebook
Category: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Although Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order was one of the best things to have ever happened to the tired franchise, it sounds like it almost didn't come to fruition — as Lucasfilm reportedly had some pretty strong opinions on the game's original pitch.
In a recent chat with the AIAS Game Maker's Notebook, the game's Director Stig Asmussen revealed that during production, his team and Lucasfilm had to discuss even the smallest details on the title, which ultimately led to several planned features being removed from the final product.
In case you're not familiar with last year's blockbuster video game, it tells the story of a young Jedi who finds himself on the run from the Empire's dark forces. Quite surprisingly, said company (now this subsidiary of Disney is basically taking care of all things Stat Wars) had a pretty negative reaction to Respawn Entertainment's original pitch for the project, that is known today as Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
"They weren't super comfortable with the idea," Asmussen explained. "I pitched, 'Hey what if we do a game about Jedi and Force powers,' and they were not super comfortable with that. They threw it back and said, 'What about blasters and bounty hunters?' That's not the background of the team we've built; you might as well ask me and us to start building a racing game at this point. I don't think anybody's going to be happy with the results of that."
"What I came to learn is for them, Jedi is the Holy Grail. To make a game about Jedi, you gotta earn it. There was a little bit of a back and forth but they could see where I was coming from," he added.
Given that the game's combat mechanics — heavily inspired by the Dark Souls series — have been some of the most praised features of Fallen Order, sticking to the initial idea was definitely the right call, after all.
While nothing has been announced yet, rumour has it that Respawn is already hard at work on a Fallen Order sequel.
Cal Kestis—one of the last surviving members of the Jedi Order after the purge of Order 66—is now a Padawan on the run. Experience this all-new single-player Star Wars story from Respawn Entertainment and EA Star Wars on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC this holiday season. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is an action-adventure game set after Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith. Develop your Force abilities, hone your lightsaber techniques, and explore the ancient mysteries of a long-lost civilization—all while staying one step ahead of the Empire and its deadly Inquisitors.
Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order is currently available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC (via Steam and Origin).
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Bartosz Sobczak - Owner, Editor-in-Chief
Lawyer by day, video game reporter by night. Long-time fan of the Mass Effect, Age of Empires, Prince of Persia, BioShock — especially the second one — and Splinter Cell series (who still believes that the best is yet to come). Tries his hardest to shine a new light on the Polish game-development scene. Gameplay Mechanix is his biggest passion project to date. Often listens to old episodes of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson while writing. Privately a cat person.
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