EA’s launch trailer for #StarWars Jedi: Fallen Order, watch here

The galaxy awaits as Cal Kestis embarks upon an epic journey in hopes of rebuilding the Jedi Order.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order also introduces a new Force ability, Force Slow: a bullet-time system that allows Cal to manipulate enemies and objects in extended time. We saw something similar in The Force Awakens, where Kylo Ren slows a blaster bolt in midair. But here it creates interesting new gameplay dynamics, locking down enemies for a few seconds and giving you time to thin out waves of stormtroopers before taking on their commander.

According to Respawn CEO Vince Zampella, the addition of a fresh Jedi ability required some negotiation. “We worked with the story group to hone what’s acceptable and what’s not, and to figure out how to play within the rules of the Star Wars universe,” he says. “There was back and forth on how that should work and how much is okay. Everyone thinks through all the implications of what anything new could be. It’s a gigantic universe and we’re playing in a small piece of it. They have to worry about what implications it has for everything.”

As your powers grow, so do your Force Slow options: an upgrade unlocked via the skill tree allows you to target entire groups of enemies at the same time, accentuating the crowd control possibilities.

Learning the classic Force Push ability, which shoves enemies around the landscape, allows for some interesting combos, too. A Force Slowed stormtrooper can be used as a barrier, which you can then hurl at other enemies with a quick Force Push. Force Slow can also help with some of the trickier platforming aspects, and it’s essential to progress past certain quick-moving obstacles. It’s here, however, that the ability starts to feel a little stale: stopping a fan so that you can move between its blades is a tiresomely familiar mechanic.

Interestingly, Fallen Order adds Tomb Raider-style puzzles, with a Star Wars twist. Throughout the game, there are environmental enigmas to solve, often blocking progression by way of a closed-off route. At times, it feels like Lara Croft with a lightsaber, but the addition of Force powers creates some unique challenges you won’t find in the Tomb Raider universe. Right now, progression can feel a little frustrating – the HUD is minimal, and it’s often not obvious where you have to go, especially when certain puzzles involve doubling back on yourself multiple times. The lack of a waypoint means you’ll have to pay extra attention to your map.

The final trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is here

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Official Reveal Trailer

The galaxy is yours with LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga! Play through all nine Star Wars™ saga films in a brand-new LEGO video game unlike any other. Experience fun-filled adventures, whimsical humor, and the freedom to fully immerse yourself in the LEGO Star Wars universe like never before.

For the first time ever in a LEGO video game, explore the galaxy your way as you fly to some of the saga’s most legendary locales. You can start your journey with Star Wars: The Phantom Menace for some podracing on Tatooine. Or choose to launch right into Rey’s adventures in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Players have the freedom to seamlessly travel to any planet, in any order, at any time. With hundreds of characters and vehicles, players can dive into their favorite Star Wars moments in an all new way, complete with the hilarious LEGO brand of fun that’s sure to delight players of all ages. Journey to a galaxy far, far away with LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga.

STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen Order trailer

On the planet of Kashyyyk, you are now part of an important mission to help the Wookiee natives.

As Cal Kestis, the protagonist in the forthcoming console game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, players must be prepared to emerge from hiding and wield a lightsaber and the power of the Force to help the galaxy and potentially rebuild the fallen Jedi.

During an exclusive panel at EA Play earlier today, game makers from Respawn — Vince Zampella, head of Respawn, and Stig Asmussen, the game’s director — introduced the world to the first few minutes of real-time game-play of the former Jedi Padawan Cal on a mission to the familiar forest planet.

“Stig and his team have done an amazing job,” Zampella said after the extended peek at gameplay was played. The unedited footage featured Cal traversing the Kashyyyk level with his diminutive and faithful droid companion BD-1. Although uniquely suited to introduce fans to a new cast of characters in an era that’s gone largely unexplored in the past, creators said there will be some familiar places and faces, including guerrilla rebel Saw Gerrera voiced by Forest Whitaker reprising the role, as well as new planets to explore and never-before-seen characters to meet.

Set in the dark times, just after the execution of Order 66 when the majority of the Jedi Order has been destroyed and survivors are being hunted down, Cal has been hiding in plain sight carving out a new life as part of the Scrapper Guild when the game begins. But when a work accident spurs him to use his abilities with the Force to help a friend, he must flee to save himself and evade capture. On the run during this single-person action-adventure game, he must stay one step ahead of the Empire while simultaneously unraveling an ancient mystery that could help restore the Jedi Order. “Totally canon,” Asmussen said, noting that the story was developed closely with Lucasfilm.

When we first met the character at Celebration, fans had just seen Cal emerging from hiding. Now we get our first look at the whole crew of characters aiding Cal in his quest, including the new droid, BD-1, who provides helpful information and assistance. “Story-wise, he’s Cal’s companion,” Asmussen said. A short form of Respawn’s nickname for the character, “Buddy Droid,” BD-1 is voiced by legendary sound designer Ben Burtt, who helped create the sound for iconic droid counterparts including R2-D2 and BB-8. In-game, BD-1 serves many functions including hacking doors, scanning new environments, emitting a flashlight in dark corners and a meter for the character’s health, and can even help heal Cal in battle.

The game also introduces the young Padawan’s ability to run on walls, a Respawn gameplay classic move, which will incorporate the use of the lightsaber to simultaneously deflect blaster bolts, Zampella added. Asmussen said pairing lightsaber skills with Force abilities can lead to almost endless combinations, including the Force slow and a lightsaber throw, but as in other Respawn games, it will be most important to nail the jumps, leap for ledge hangs, and use your powers to navigate the obstacles in your path.

BUCKETHEADS: A Star Wars Story (2018 Fan Film)

A squad of storm troopers are transporting a POW with valuable information from Yavin 4, but getting off planet will test their mettle. Bucketheads is a short Star Wars Fan Film that blurs the line between good and evil. Though their leaders may be corrupt, who exactly are these warriors under the Imperial armor?

Solo: A Star Wars Story Super Bowl teaser

Solo: A Star Wars Story. Remember the Trailer tomorrow.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi “Awake” Trailer

Darkness rises… and light to meet it.