New gameplay from the upcoming Star Wars Jedi: Survivor appears to disclose that, in contrast to within the first recreation, the sequel will lastly let Jedi Cal Kestis slice up stormtroopers and different human enemies. And that’s a superb factor, as this much-wanted change makes lightsabers really feel highly effective and lethal once more.
The lightsaber is likely one of the coolest items of Star Wars tech and genuinely among the finest fictional weapons ever created. Immediately iconic, the weapon and its sounds are so ingrained in our minds that when grown grownup actors in Star Wars films or exhibits are handed a prop lightsaber they make all of the hums and whoosh noises like they have been eight years outdated once more. And I don’t blame anybody for loving the lightsaber. It’s a robust laser sword that may reduce off limbs, slice by way of metallic doorways, and it is available in rad colours. What extra might you need? However for a very long time, most Star Wars video games—together with 2019’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order—haven’t allow you to actually slice and cube with these iconic laser blades, treating them extra like glowing bats.
Nevertheless, in new gameplay launched by IGN yesterday, we see that this doesn’t look like the case in Survivor. In a neat video going over how the sport’s fight stances work, the devs showcase Cal combating totally different enemies whereas explaining how his varied strikes will work and the way stances issue into fight.
That’s all tremendous and dandy. However extra fascinating to me is what occurs through the struggle in opposition to some Imperial scout troopers at round 4:14:
Take a look at that! Cal simply reduce a dude’s leg off. And when you look across the flooring at that time within the video you may see no less than two extra cut-off limbs, possible from earlier within the struggle. That is thrilling!
Kotaku reached out to EA and Respawn about this dismemberment and was instructed “The footage is what it’s” and that the writer wouldn’t present any further remark.
For a few years now, Star Wars video games have made lightsabers really feel fairly weak as it will possibly typically take dozens of hits to kill a random enemy and also you by no means get to chop off limbs or do actual injury to your goal until they’re a droid or random animal. In an interview in 2019, Respawn senior designer Justin Perez appeared to suggest Lucasfilm and Disney weren’t okay with lightsabers chopping off arms or legs. This was additional backed up by individuals who labored on season 7 of The Clone Wars, which can also be talked about in that IGN interview from 2019.
So, I had assumed that was simply how issues would work. Cal might kill all of the harmless animals and aliens he needed, however he couldn’t chop any limbs off of stormtroopers. However it seems that Disney and Lucasfilm have both relaxed this rule or given Respawn a go.
Both means, I’m excited to play Star Wars Jedi: Survivor and reduce off some legs when it launches on April 28, 2023 for PS5, Xbox Collection X/S, and PC.