Respawn Entertainment is making some minor changes to the overall design of Cal Kestis' lightsaber in their upcoming title, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. These changes are a result of some fan backlash after the gameplay reveal trailer went live at EA Play during E3 2019. In the trailer, some noticed that Cal's lightsaber was missing the signature white light that emits from the hilt of the saber.
EA revealed a cinematic trailer for Fallen Order during Star Wars Celebration in April. The game stars a Jedi Padawan, played by Cameron Monaghan (Gotham, Shameless), following Order 66. The story is set in between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. Fallen Order's design looks to be a combination of different games and genres like Dark Souls and Uncharted. It'll be a primarily story-driven game with, of course, a lot of action.
In an interview with Game Informer, game director Stig Asmussen addressed fan backlash with the lightsaber in particular and said that the team made noticeable changes very quickly. Not only is the previously mentioned white light being added to the blade design, but the overall shape of the lightsaber blade has been tweaked as well.
Fallen Order has been compared to the Jedi Knight series, which offered some of the best lightsaber combat in any Star Wars video game as well as human limb dismemberment. The exclusion is reportedly a product of Respawn complying with Lucasfilm and Disney. It's a little odd that the final game won't have this feature, but thankfully, it shouldn't hamper the gameplay in any way.
All eyes will be on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order when it launches close to the final film in the new movie trilogy, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. After six long years, we'll get to see if Respawn has what it takes to deliver EA's first truly excellent Star Wars game. After the cancellation of Amy Hennig and Visceral Games' title, it's understandable that fans of the series are pushing for this game to succeed and be as close to its source material as it can be. Respawn Entertainment is a studio that's definitely capable of making fantastic video games, with titles like Titanfall 2 and this year's Apex Legends under their belt.
Source: Game Informer