Star Wars Celebration has given us a lot of teases of what’s to come for the franchise in television and books. Now, we also got a first look at Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. The title has been teased for some time, as it leaked earlier in May, but we even got a trailer that confirms a 2023 release for the new entry. While we don’t get a good look at the game’s updated gameplay, a tease of whatever the hell the story is going to be, the official press release offers more insight.
Turns out, the game takes place five years after the original, which places it in the year 9BBY. The reason that is significant is that it’s the exact same year that the Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi takes place. Not only does it open the floodgates on Cal Kestus showing up in the series, but also confirms that the teased villain is very likely now who we think it is. Respawn’s Stig Asmussen also offers some insight into how they approached the story and why it got the subtitle Survivor.
That’s the purpose in the tone of it, is to leave the player with a lot of questions but they’re very intrigued. The game is all about survival. That’s why it’s called Jedi: Survivor. They are in dark times, and Cal and the crew are doing whatever it takes to stay alive. That might mean that they are making connections with people that, in other times, might be considered unsavory. Some of that is portrayed in the trailer, and again, I don’t want to give anything away, but there’s definitely a sense of… I don’t want to spoil anything, sorry! [Laughs.]Stig Asmussen
Speaking of how the timeline confirms the absence of a character. We see a member of the alien race known as Pau’an. Most might remember the character due to the character’s appearance in the animated series in the form of the Grand Inquisitor. He also just recently appeared in the live-action Obi-Wan Kenobi series where he is played by Rupert Friend. As it takes place around the same time, that means the one we meet in Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is likely a new Pau’an, as he also lacks the iconic markings.
The trailer is quite promising, especially how it gives us a tease of a story that seems quite disconnected from the events of the first. Most of the supporting cast is oddly absent in the trailer, but with that title, it makes sense they want to keep us guessing on what exactly is heading our way.