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You could be forgiven for assuming that comparisons between Respawn’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and From Software’s Sekiro would be problematic, but on the contrary, lead combat designer Jason de Heras told Edge Magazine that “It was a positive thing for us to know there was a game that was similar to ours.”

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’s been in development for years, so the way its combat looks a lot like “Sekiro with a lightsaber” must be mostly a coincidence, but it’s still one that the developers at Respawn Entertainment find “comforting”. GR+ sister outlet Edge Magazine spoke with several of the lead developers behind Fallen Order for an article in its latest issue, and though it covers much of the game’s development, I was particularly impressed by the grateful way they handled the comparisons to From Software’s latest game and other games that have come before.

“I thought it was pretty badass, and a little comforting to know that you could make this type of game without a stamina bar,” lead combat designer Jason de Heras told Edge. “They let you attack, they let you roll, they do all this for free – and then the AI will tell you if you’re doing the correct thing. It just confirmed to us that you don’t have to limit everything the player does; let them have a little more agency, and then let the AI give them a slap on the wrist, or a punch in the face. It was a positive thing for us to know there was a game that was similar to ours. Very similar.”

Game director Stig Asmussen has also been a fan of From Software for years. He isn’t even a Souls bandwagon jumper; King’s Field 2 – which explored some of the concepts that From Software would follow up more than a decade later with the Souls games – is one of his favorite games. That said, Asmussen believes that it’s not about liking a game and then trying to make it yourself, but thinking about what makes that particular game fun.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order - PlayStation 4
  • Cinematic, Immersive Combat Jedi: Fallen Order delivers the fantasy of becoming a Jedi through its innovative lightsaber combat system striking, parrying, dodging partnered with a suite of powerful Force abilities you’ll need to leverage to overcome obstacles that stand in your way
  • A New Jedi Story Begins : As a former Padawan on the run from the Empire, you must complete your training before Imperial Inquisitors discover your plan to revive the Jedi Order
  • The Galaxy Awaits : Ancient forests, windswept rock faces, and haunted jungles are all unique biomes you’ll explore in Jedi: Fallen Order, with the freedom to decide when and where you go next
  • A galaxy spanning adventure awaits in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, a new 3rd person action adventure title from Respawn Entertainment