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Star Wars Jedi: Survivor story trailer reaction

EA have released a new trailer for Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, showing more story footage for the upcoming game. While it helps drive excitement for the game, it doesn’t tease a lot of the story for the game, and doesn’t give much context for the beats it shows.

Breaking the trailer down, it opens with Cal jumping out of a new ship mid-crash, alongside a Purge trooper. It’s unclear why this is, but it’s a very cool shot, and hopefully has some cool gameplay preceding it. Maybe Cal has to take over an Imperial ship and it goes horribly wrong.  

The next shot is an action heavy scene, with Cal fighting with his new companion Bode on what is likely Coruscant. The planet appears in the trailer multiple times, hinting that it might be an important location. After so long of being absent from the screen, Coruscant is having a bit of a renaissance, appearing in every on-screen project since Obi-Wan Kenobi. How this trip is justified in-universe is intriguing, as it presents some lore issues unaddressed. 

After this, audiences get confirmation that Merrin is indeed alive and well, and she warns Cal about the all-consuming nature of the fire. This is probably a metaphor that will be seen across the game, likely a caution about giving into violence. In the next shot Greez is revealed to be alive and well, another concern fans had. Merrin is seen to be a companion that fights with Cal, something people have been desperate for more of. She also appears to be using Jedi force powers, so Cal is likely training her. This is a very welcome mechanic and development, and will help players connect to the theme of found family more. 

A brief shot of the mysterious figure from the bacta tank is given, and he chastises Cal for letting the galaxy fall to the Empire, a cold and mechanical organisation. His lightsaber can be just seen as it transitions to the next shot, more or less confirming he is (or was) a Jedi, most likely from the High Republic. This would be an amazing tie-in, especially as the era has yet to appear on-screen. But he’s still a figure shrouded in mystery. 

There’s a quick look at the more puzzle oriented segments of the game, Jedi Chambers that require a player to put orbs to active bridges and panels, developing on something that was present that the first game but only minimally. This is a welcome expansion, as it opens up side objectives and activities missing from the first game. The planet these are found is called Koboh, and it’s a hub world for the player. It also looks like the place Cal and his many companions will be fighting for. 

Star Wars: Jedi Survivor releases on April 28 for the Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, and PC.

Kieran Burt

My name is Kieran and I am based in the UK. I love writing about all things science fiction and fantasy, particularly Star Wars and Marvel. When I’m not writing or watching anything sci-fi related, you can probably find me exploring the open worlds of alternate lands through my Xbox.

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