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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order was finally unveiled over the weekend, and on the surface, it’s a game that’s ticking all the right boxes. Respawn’s first trailer for Fallen Order showed a great deal of promise, although it was short of one crucial thing - how does the game even play? Cinematic trailers are nothing new of course, although after all this waiting it would’ve been nice to get a proper look at gameplay.

Still, courtesy of various store listings and the like, we’ve managed to glean plenty more info in regards to what Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is going to entail.

But first of all, a quick refresher on that reveal trailer:

Yep, zero gameplay. Rest assured, there are plenty more details though.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is an entirely 3rd-person, action-adventure title from Respawn, the creators of Titanfall 2 and Apex Legends. It’s a narrative-driven, single-player only game with no pesky microtransactions. On the surface, it looks a little bit like what Star Wars 1313 could’ve been. Somehow, we’ve come full circle as EA finally realises it has disintegrated its reputation.

Set immediately after the events of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Fallen Order follows a young Jedi Padawan, Cal Kestis, who escapes the purge of Order 66 and attempts to rebuild the Jedi Order in secrecy. From the sounds of things, he was yet to complete his Jedi training before the Empire came knocking, providing a minor narrative reason for why he’ll be training, unlocking new Force abilities, and becoming a master lightsaber user.

Respawn’s overall aim for SWJ: Fallen Order’s combat is one which is fast-paced yet deliberate, including a striking, parrying, and dodging system for lightsaber combat, paired with powerful Force abilities. It’s “nuanced” and “takes training to full master”. Based on the excellent movement and combat mechanics in Titanfall 2, we’d be inclined to believe their claims.

The adventure itself will take the Padawan across a large variety of unique biomes, although it’s unclear whether it’s going to take place on multiple planets or not. Cal is joined by a former Jedi Knight as he attempts to become more powerful, exploring, puzzling-solving, and unlocking new abilities that can potentially open up new opportunities in previously explored corners of the map. It all sounds a bit Metroid Prime/Batman Arkham Asylum on that front, interspersed with plenty of cinematic combat.

And that’s our lot for now, at least until the inevitable gameplay reveal at E3.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will be out on November 15th for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.