In an exclusive interview with StarWars.com, 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
- Cal and Merrin’s Relationship: Senior game writer Cheyenne Pualani Morrin and Homan discuss the development of Cal and Nightsister Merrin’s relationship, culminating in a memorable kiss amidst a battle on Jedha.
- Imperial Drill Battle: Principal sound designer Oscar Coen shares insights into creating the sound design for the Imperial drill, emphasizing its animal-like qualities.
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.
- 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.