In an odd spate of news that cropped up over the weekend, Respawn’s Stig Asmussen has opted to reveal the reason for having a male protagonist in the upcoming sci-fi blockbuster Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Male Protagonist Decision Explained
Speaking on the Game Informer Show podcast, Asmussen revealed that the idea of an alien character was initially bandied about but ultimately scrapped due to the lack of a human connection.
‘’Ultimately we didn’t go with an alien race because we felt like – no pun intended – that would alienate a lot of people. We wanted to make sure there was a real human connection to that character we have in the game,” Asmussen explained.
The California-based developer finally settled on Jedi Padawan Cal Kestis, a male human character, by default due to the presence of a female protagonist (Rey) in the latest Star Wars film trilogy.
‘’We talked about different gender; we arrived where we were because at the time, Rey [the main character of the latest trilogy] was the thing for Star Wars, and so it made a lot more sense for us to have a male protagonist”, said Asmussen.
Though you could perhaps argue the presence of a male protagonist acts as a counterweight to the film trilogy it does come across as slightly flimsy reasoning to base such a big story-centric decision on.
Nevertheless, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is due for release on November 15 on PS4 and if Respawn’s track record is anything to go by it looks as if it’ll easily surpass EA’s offerings with the license thus far.
Fallen Order’s story takes place following the events of Order 66, as depicted in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.