Imagine the universe of … Now, inside it, a completely different story than we are used to, breaking with all the clichés, but also so loved by the public, with totally new characters with no connection to the old ones, and with a different story line already traditional of the franchise.
Like the idea? Me too, innovating, sometimes, can be positive. Didn’t like it? I understand you, after all, it was this ancient structure that made the title so loved. But regardless of your answer, relax, this scenario is not the case here.
Game and franchise changes
is an action-adventure game with RPG elements, developed by Respawn Entertainment and distributed by EA Games, released in November 2019 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The latest game in the series takes place between episodes 3 and 4 of the films, a few years after the Emperor initiated Order 66, which started the hunt and the extermination of all Jedis in the universe.
In this context, we follow the story of Cal Kestis, a young padawan who managed to escape extermination and started to live as a scrap dealer. However, an incident leads him to use his powers, thus being discovered and being pursued by the empire.
To survive, our hero, with a newly-known pair of allies, sets out on a journey with the goal of defeating those who threaten him and, together with the Rebel Alliance, restore order in the galaxy.
We can see that the game’s plot does not escape the idea of the promising young man with the strength that develops his skills over time and is forced by circumstances to flee with unexpected allies, getting involved in an intergalactic battle in which he will end up being the protagonist of salvation of the universe, that is, the standard plot of the saga.
But then, if the game is not innovative in its history, what can it contribute to an expansion of the universe? The answer lies in two points, which would be characters and interactions, because what brings up again is the way the actors who move the story relate to each other and to the world in which they are inserted.
Throughout the gameplay, the player will dive into various planets and their civilizations, understanding a little of their culture. You will come across information prior to the moment in which the game takes place, which will generate reflections, and greater knowledge about the universe in which the game is set, in addition, of course, to epic battles with alien monsters, situations that could be explored very well in the cinematic plane of the series.
But if the past and monsters are not enough, there is a psychological and emotional development of the heroes and villains, how ambiguous these characters can be and how the actions of a bad person can be motivated by the failures of a good person. After all, the fight in the game is between two completely new characters, which allows you to explore innovative and more complex relationships.
Well, in the end, it does not reinvent the way we see the universe in which it takes place, but it invites us to have a look at new adventure possibilities, for which we had not yet considered its great narrative potential and how they could entertain, amuse and expand what the public understands as .