According to the developers Respawn Entertainment, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will feature multiple planets, that are designed using a Metroidvania philosophy. Players will get to visit planets several times as they unlock new areas.
Respawn Entertainment's Vince Zampella, and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’s game director Stig Asmussen have revealed some interesting new details about their upcoming title at E3 2019 Coliseum live panel.
The duo talked about some of the features that players can expect in Fallen Order including the locations, exploration and design philosophy behind the game. According to them, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will have multiple planets that players will get to explore several times in their playthroughs. Apparently, the game uses Metroidvania design philosophy and players will get to unlock new stuff as they explore these locations.
If you're unfamiliar with Metroidvania style, it's basically a subgenre of action games featuring a large interconnected world map the player can explore. However, access to some of the parts of the world is often limited by obstacles or doors that players can pass once they acquire special items, tools, abilities or weapons.
Dark Souls is seen as a Metroidvania style game and it's the inspiration for the devs in terms of combat and level design.
Anyway, Zampella and Asmussen also revealed a lot of other details regarding the story length and difficulty. They said that Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is definitely not a five-hour experience. Asmussen joked that it's pretty big and worthwhile, meaty experience.
As for the game's difficulty, the duo made it clear that in the demo, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order was a lot easier with over-specced powers, just for the purpose of the showcase. Asmussen and Zampella both disagree that the game looks easy and claim that it's quite tough.
Judging by their words, it looks like Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order could be very similar to FromSoftware's Souls games, which could excite the fans of both Souls and Star Wars franchises.