Max unpacks the new gameplay reveal trailer for Star Wars Jedi: Survivor and highlights the significant moments that will be a key feature in our gameplay…
The widely anticipated trailer for Star Wars Jedi: Survivor has arrived. Set for release in late March 2023, the game continues the adventures of surviving Jedi Padawan Cal Kestis as he continues to evade the Empire. And perhaps even rebuild the Jedi Order. 5 years have elapsed since the end of the last game and many are dying to know what Kestis will be doing. Fans are just excited to play the game itself. Like most video game trailers, it moves awfully fast. But it packed in a lot of good stuff for us to ruminate about. And I admire the fact that despite all the stuff thrown at us, we still can’t see a cohesive story yet. Or at least I can’t. So without further ado, let’s explore the trailer and highlight my ten takeaways.
But first, let’s rewatch the trailer one more time…just for good measure!
CAL KESTIS RETURNS
1.) Cal Kestis
Five years have passed and Cal is older and (presumably) wiser. To mark the transition and elapse of time, Cal now sports a beard which makes him look more Jedi to me. Cal’s design is based on the actor Cameron Monahagan (who also voices him) and I don’t recall ever seeing him with a beard so this is a first (I think) for me.
2.) Cal has two lightsabers!
At some point in the trailer, Cal wields not one but two blue lightsabers showing the gameplay has been upped a notch. The art of using two blades at once (in Star Wars lore) is called Jar’kai for those of you who don’t know. It will be interesting to see how players will feel with the option of having two blades (more attack vectors). And I am hoping it is usable at all times after he (presumably) builds the second blade.
3.) Fluid saber throws
Speaking of gameplay, I was dazzled by how the game designers made the art of throwing lightsabers so fluid and synchronized. I’m sure one of the most fun things to do, will be throwing your blade(s). Cal can throw them and quickly recall them to his hands with the Force. This proves useful when fighting multiple or taller opponents and both those scenarios are displayed for us in this trailer
4.) Mysterious being in the bacta tank
One of the first images from the previous teaser was the appearance of an unknown long-haired human in a bacta tank that Cal and BD encounter at some point. While a mysterious voice narrates, this unknown character emerges from the bacta tank. But, you still can’t really tell who this person is. I actually have trouble determining the gender as well! Perhaps this individual was a Jedi who was injured during a battle with the Empire. Or maybe a new ally or mentor for Cal?
5.) Cere Junda’s new look
Cere Junda was another Order 66 survivor who mentored Cal in the first game. She survived due to having left the Order and that luck spared her from being executed. We see her again, now shaven and bald and in a structure with what appears to be a shelf of holo-books. Similar to the ones in the former Jedi Temple on Coruscant. At the end of the last game, Cal and the other characters were looking to rebuild the Jedi Order. So perhaps we are seeing the first steps of this plan. I also like Cere’s new look. She looks fierce.
6.) Humorous uses of the Force
At one point in the gameplay, Cal uses the force to pluck a Stormtrooper from the ground and use him as a makeshift blaster cannon/human shield against a squad of stormtroopers. This morbidly humorous use of the Force is very creative. And it hints at Cal’s growth as a warrior.
7.) Badass uses of the Force
Cal can now spin his lightsabers in a dazzling array of light. And he has gotten advanced enough to move so fast that his perception of time slows down. The blaster bolts seem to freeze as he weaves around them to strike. I am excited to see how many Force powers you get in this game but so far so good.
8.) Some unexpected enemies
The first trailer confirmed that Cal will go toe-to-toe with another Force warrior. But in addition to the forces of the Empire, there are some unexpected enemies as well. Cal at one point deals with a big humanoid alien in (presumed) powered armor and a bounty hunter(?) with a nasty-looking electro-pitchfork. Cal also will encounter still-active B1 battle droids at some point, referencing Rebels and a brown subspecies of Wampa (referencing Empire) on what looks like Kashyyyk. I like it when the designers get creative and pull from different aspects of lore.
To my astonishment, the gameplay briefly reveals that Cal can use his grappling hook to swing from building to building like Spider-Man. This is a brand-new game feature that I don’t think Star Wars has ever done before. And as someone who enjoyed Spider-Man games, it really awakens a lot of nostalgia. It is unknown, however, how long Cal will be able to swing and I don’t want to get your hopes up too high. It may only work for a short time
10.) The Force Awakens
Lastly, the designers reference The Sequel Trilogy as one of Cal’s lightsabers has a crossguard blade like Kylo Ren. I am very curious as to why Cal decided to go down this design path. And the two auxiliary blades appear to be more stable than Kylo’s. When I first saw the teaser for The Force Awakens in 2014, I was most focused on this detail (aside from BB-8) and am delighted to see it again.
From what I’ve seen, the game looks great. The graphics, game mechanics, and combat features all seem to be quite good. And since Fallen Order did so well, I am sure that this game will be twice as good. My only wish is that the game is a bit more challenging than the first. Many fans expressed that Fallen Order (while fun) was a bit too easy. Hopefully, the game designers know this and have adjusted it accordingly.
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor hits game consoles on March 17, 2023. Have fun playing!
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Max Nocerino is a regular Staff Writer for The Future of the Force. He is a passionate Star Wars fan and loves the literature of the galaxy far, far away. Follow him on Twitter where he shares his love of the Force frequently!