If you tuned into the EA Play Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order reveal at E3 a few weeks ago, you either loved what Respawn showed to the public or hated it as I did.
I quickly dismissed the demo as lacklustre and not what I expected from the team that worked on the Titanfall series. The public demo was excruciatingly linear and offered little more than straight paths to the end of the level.
Thankfully, this new demo, previously shown to press is now available.
In the demo, which offers a better look at the Metroid influence that game director Stig Asmussen previously mentioned, Fallen Order looks much better. Asmussen attached a note to the extended demo about the process they went through when deciding what to show at E3:
We spent months going back and forth discussing the best strategy to release this content, and ultimately decided for the first-look, it was critical to present a focused 15 minutes of raw, in-game footage highlighting lightsaber gameplay that speaks to the Jedi fantasy in an empowering way. But it should not be mistaken that our combat is overpowered or easy. I promise there is considerable challenge and depth to be found within our combat system. The same can be said about our approach to level design, which is crafted in a non-linear way with heavy influences from games like Metroid, Castlevania, and the Souls series. The game will feature several planets that the player can elect to travel to via starship. On these worlds unique abilities and upgrades can be found that open up new paths across other planets, making retraversal an essential part of the gameplay experience. This is a lot to describe in 15 minutes of gameplay. Getting hands on the full 25 minute experience is best to completely understand it.
Knowing the demo that we saw on June 8 only shows a fraction of what the final game features, is a huge relief to me. I’m once again looking forward to exploring how the influences of Metroid, Souls, and Castlevania play into Fallen Order.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order launches on November 15, for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.