The last time I wrote on this game I got into a semi-heated debate over how much this game is like Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. I wasn’t the only one to make that comparison given its 3rd person action, time setting between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, the secret Jedi angle, and some of the mechanics. Although this game does have much more control and some unique mechanics, there’s not a lot of innovation on any other front from SW:TFU. That being said, the game was originally going to have a completely different protagonist which could have lead to some unique stories that would help the game feel more different from the past games than it is.
The game’s creative director, Stig Asmussen, recently spoke with Game Informer about the game and its hero. It turns out that a human male lead was not always planned. They once thought of a female alien hero to lead their game but decided against it to keep from putting some players off. They apparently thought controlling an alien would be less appealing to some players. Seriously? I highly doubt Star Wars fans would be upset at controlling a non-human. Also, video games are all (except maybe the sports games) about fantasy and fiction and suspension of belief. I don’t think average gamers or casual gamers would refuse to play with an alien lead either.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order game director Stig Asmussen answers whether the team ever considered an alien protagonist in our interview full of questions from the GI community. Watch or listen here: https://t.co/rYVw2Y3yzR pic.twitter.com/HAsdMuA8fZ
— Game Informer (@gameinformer) July 3, 2019
What’s really interesting is the reason they went with a male lead. They didn’t want competition for attention with Rey from the movies. That… sounds insane to me. The game is set before Rey is even a thought in “no one’s” brain. It’s set way before two “nobodies” get together to do the horizontal mambo. It’s set in a time where Rey’s parents… okay no more of that.
I don’t think people would feel a need to choose only one female protagonist or get confused about why the didn’t use Rey for a game that clearly sets itself shortly after Revenge of the Sith. I would have loved to play as an alien character. Especially if it were an existing alien and not some new creation designed to sell toys as every new film has done. A Trandoshan, Barabel, Noghri, or a Twi’lek character with force powers (or without) could have made for a more interesting action adventure game and story.
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Source: Game Informer (via Twitter)