Star Wars Jedi: Survivor – A Look Back at the Journey and Emotional Depth of the Game

In an exclusive interview with, the team behind “Star Wars Jedi: Survivor,” recently named IGN’s Best Action Game of 2023, reflects on the game’s development, character dynamics, and emotional storytelling. This sequel to “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order” has not only captivated fans with its action-packed gameplay but also with its deep narrative and character development.

Growth Alongside Cal Kestis

  • Team Expansion: Respawn Entertainment grew significantly during the development of “Jedi: Survivor,” paralleling the growth of the game’s protagonist, Cal Kestis.
  • Design Challenges: Technical design director Brandon Kelch discusses the challenge of adding new abilities to Cal’s repertoire, considering he retained his skills from the first game.

Crafting a Compelling Opening

  • Coruscant’s Neon-Lit Alleys: The game’s first level in Coruscant serves to reacquaint players with Cal Kestis while introducing new characters and setting the stage for his next journey.
  • Collaborative Effort: Lead writer Danny Homan highlights the collaboration across departments to create a challenging yet engaging opening sequence.

Emotional Highs in Gameplay

Memorable Story Moments

  • Cal and Bode Akuna: Homan reflects on the relationship between Cal and his friend-turned-enemy Bode Akuna, highlighting the emotional complexity and tragedy of their story.
  • Speeder Chase on Jedha: Senior game writer Pete Stewart recalls the emotional mix during the speeder chase following Bode’s betrayal, emphasizing the player’s connection to Cal’s emotions.

Post-Game Catharsis

  • Force Echoes and Conversations: The team included new Force Echoes and conversations after the main story ends, allowing players to process their emotions and further explore character relationships.
  • Fan and Community Focus: Homan emphasizes the team’s love for the characters and their commitment to providing fans with a space to reflect on the game’s events.


“Star Wars Jedi: Survivor” stands out not only for its thrilling gameplay but also for its emotional depth and character-driven narrative. The team’s dedication to storytelling and fan engagement has resulted in a game that resonates deeply with players, offering a rich and immersive experience in the Star Wars universe. As fans continue to explore Cal Kestis’ journey, the impact of “Jedi: Survivor” on the Star Wars gaming landscape remains profound.