Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order was released last Friday and as people play through the game they are finding lots of Easter Eggs.
This article contains minor spoilers for the first two or three hours of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
It’s particularly impressive that Respawn did more than just scratching the surface: as well as including nods and references to the mainline Star Wars movies, the developers also bothered to serve up deep-cut references to expanded universe materials (including animated series such as Rebels and The Clone Wars) and real-life stuff that has influenced the Star Wars fandom. You’ve got to love a Star Wars experience that makes such efforts to tie in with the wider galaxy.
Whether you’re playing the game or not, we thought you might like to hear about the nerdy nods we’ve spotted so far in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. We’ll update this article as we spot more, but here’s everything we’ve excitedly noticed after our first weekend of playtime…
– Fallen Order takes place after Revenge Of The Sith, and the game repeatedly makes reference to ‘the purge’ that wiped out most of the Jedi in George Lucas’s final film in the prequel trilogy. Having seen the movie, fans know that this purge was officially titled Order 66. Emperor Palpatine ordered it using his brain-washed Clone Troopers in the third act of Episode III.– Early on in the game, a character admits that he didn’t really believe that all of the Jedi could have been traitors to the Republic. He’s referring, of course, to the cover-up story that Palpatine and Darth Vader used to provide the public with a more palatable motivation for their sudden attack on the Jedi Order.
– The game’s main character, Cal Kestis, has the ability to touch certain objects and get a sense of their history through the Force. This draws to mind the moment in The Force Awakens when Rey touches the Skywalker lightsaber and is pulled into a vision. Cal also has a dream/vision thingy early on the game, which has a similar unsettling feel to Rey’s TFA vision.
– Cal can also slow down people/creatures using the Force. This is quite a rare ability in the Star Wars canon, but we did see Kylo Ren halting a blaster-bolt in mid-air during The Force Awakens and (at a couple of different points in the film) stopping Rey from being able to move.
– One of the first planets you visit in the game is Dathomir, which was recently name-checked by Darth Maul in Solo: A Star Wars Story (when he summons Emilia Clarke’s Qi’ra at the end of the film). You can find a double-bladed lightsaber on Dathomir, which feels like a fairly massive nod to the iconic Episode I villain. And given that Solo takes place at a similar time to Fallen Order, there’s a sense that you and Maul are passing like ships in the night here.– Another planet in the game is Kashyyyk, the Wookiee homeworld that was briefly glimpsed in Episode III and referenced plenty of times elsewhere. After Yoda sodded off, it seems safe to assume that Chewbacca’s native planet went through a pretty rough time.
– Forest Whitaker reprises his role as Rebel freedom fighter Saw Gerrera, who has previously been seen in The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. We’ve explained where the game fits in Saw Gerrera’s personal timeline here.
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– Following similar story beats to the Rebels animated series, Fallen Order puts you in the role of a young Force-sensitive goodie with a reluctant former-Jedi for a master, both of whom are struggling to find their way in the ‘dark times’ between Revenge Of The Sith and A New Hope.
– Much like Rebels‘ Ezra and Kanan, Fallen Order‘s Cal and Cere are trying to locate ancient ruins that might hold Jedi secrets. The planet Zeffo (which was home to a species of ancient Force users) is new for Fallen Order, but you can easily imagine Rebels‘ Ghost crew exploring it instead of Fallen Order‘s Mantis crew.– The Second Sister is one of the main villains in Fallen Order, and she is a member of the Inquisitorius – the same group of Force-sensitive Imperial employees that hunt the core cast of Rebels. We’ve got more info on the Inquisitors here.
– During an early cut-scene where Cere explains what a Holocron is, she briefly plays a clip from a Holocron that starts with these words: “This is Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi.” Fans of Rebels will recognise this as the same Holocron that Kanan played in his private chambers during season 1. The whole clip is available online here. This is almost an Easter egg within an Easter egg, since the original scene in Rebels was a nod to the fact that Obi-Wan recorded a message off-screen from the Jedi Temple on Coruscant during the events of Revenge Of The Sith. It’s basically the Inception of Star Wars Easter eggs.
Read the article in full here, and let us know if you find anything not already listed while playing the game.