Star Wars permeates all aspects of pop culture at this point. Movies, television, and merchandise are all buzzing with something related to the franchise nowadays, and the video game world is no different. The first-person narrative Star Wars game Jedi: Fallen Order premiered in October and it was met with a lot of positive reviews. The game, created by EA and Respawn Entertainment, had its glitches, but the storyline was its strongest point and won out in the end. There isn’t any official word on the game receiving a sequel, however it’s definitely a possibility. Spoilers for the ending of Jedi: Fallen Order ahead
Job postings on Respawn’s website might not hint at a sequel, but the success of ‘Jedi: Fallen Order’ does
In December, Newsweek reported that rumors were popping up about a sequel, just a couple months after its release. According to Newsweek, Respawn’s website posted job listings for Senior Character Artist, Level Designer, and a Senior Software Engineer, all in their Star Wars division.
Just because they’re adding people to their Star Wars team doesn’t necessarily mean they’re working on a sequel to Jedi: Fallen Order. But it is a major possibility, considering the game had such a major success, in both sales and overall excitement from fans.
In an interview with GamesRadar+, Respawn’s Brand Strategy Director Charlie Houser confirmed that the company would be interested in pursuing a follow-up game including Cal Kestis. “We’ve had an absolute blast [making Fallen Order]. For a new team that’s come together at Respawn, it’s been a lot of learning to pull this off,” Houser said. “Pending player reaction and feedback, and how everyone’s feeling about it, we would love to continue making awesome experiences and stories and keep telling that story in Star Wars.”
Cal Kestis’ story didn’t end with a cliffhanger
When gamers finish with Cal Kestis’ story — or at least the part of the story the video game showed — it was essentially over. Jedi: Fallen Order takes place around five years after the Jedi purge started by Order 66. He was a young Padawan at that time, and survived because of the sacrifices his master made. He was all alone on a scrapper planet at the beginning of the game and the objective is to find a Holocron housing a lot of Force-sensitive children in the galaxy. The Inquisitors, who are pawns of the Dark Side, are also looking for it and plan to use it to either recruit or kill.
In the end, after a majorly epic faceoff with the Darth Vader, Cal Kestis survives with the Holocron in hand. He decides to destroy the item so that no one can use its information for their personal gain. It wasn’t a cliffhanger, per se, but it left Cal’s story open-ended. There’s still a lot of potential to continue his story.
What could a sequel for the game even focus on?
Den of Geek has a lot of great ideas, all stemming from those last moments gamers have with Cal. It’s obvious that the crew of the Mantis is a major target for Darth Vader and any Inquisitor. Not many escape the clutches of Darth Vader, let alone live much long after doing so. It makes sense that the game only lets you evade the Sith Lord; fighting him is kind of out of the question, even though Cal is so in tune with the Force at this point. Could a sequel focus solely on Cal Kestis and his gang outrunning the Dark Side?
That wouldn’t make for a super interesting experience, so maybe Cal will take on more responsibilities as a Jedi, now that he’s out of hiding. He destroyed the Holocron with all those Force-sensitive names on it, but he could find more Jedi or even train younglings. We’ve seen this in Star Wars Rebels with Kanan and Ezra, though, so it might stray too close to that to be considered.
A sequel seems like the route to take for Jedi: Fallen Order, but whatever happens, it’ll have to explain where Cal Kestis, Cere, and the rest of the Mantis crew are by the time the original trilogy happens. Would the video game’s final moments be the killing of all the characters? Maybe the sequel could pull a Rogue One, but only time will tell.