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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Director Explains Male Protagonist Decision

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.

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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.

Source: VG247

  • cloudzn

    The fact that a dev has to explain the gender choice of the lead character shows hph ridiculous times we live in

    • Honomaru

      Totally agree. That aside, how stupid is this explanation though?

      Basically:

      If we made it an alien, people would feel left out.

      and

      If we made it a girl…well…we couldn’t do that cause the current star of the movies is a girl. And that’s 2 girls.

      Dude literally…who is making the decisions in these game studios?

      • cloudzn

        He is trying to find reasons for the gender choice so they won’t offend the SJW crowd, the same crowd that wouldn’t buy the game even if it had a non binary, gender neutral, and whatever else crap as a lead character