- Star Wars Jedi: Survivor improved gameplay with more stances and enemy variety, but the story lacked cohesion and left fans wanting more.
- A time jump in the sequel could offer fresh narrative opportunities, allowing for an older Cal and Kata to explore uncharted territory and avoid falling into series tropes.
- The Star Wars Jedi series should explore a new era, as it has already covered the Galactic Civil War and Clone Wars-era. A new threat and a big time jump could take the Jedi into the Thrawn era or the First Order-Resistance war.
While it wasn’t quite perfect, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor did pretty much everything that fans wanted it to. From a gameplay perspective, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor was an improvement over its predecessor in practically every way, from adding more lightsaber stances to increasing enemy variety to bringing about a more rewarding progression system. But from a story perspective, things weren’t quite as cut and dry.
For the most part, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor‘s story was pretty solid, but it definitely lacked some of the cohesion that made the first game such an engaging Star Wars story. It opted for a more large-scale, expansive narrative that tried to juggle three different Star Wars eras at once, along with a stacked cast of now-beloved characters. By the time the credits rolled on Jedi: Survivor, many fans were left feeling a little unsatisfied, and many were left eager to find out what happens next in Cal Kestis’ journey. While the Star Wars Jedi series has plenty of different avenues left to explore, a time jump might be the series’ best course of action.
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A Story Revolving Around Kata Would Feel Too Repetitive Right Now
After finishing Star Wars Jedi: Survivor‘s main story, it seems pretty clear that the series’ future lies with Kata Akuna. Orphaned after her father turns to the Dark Side and forces Cal Kestis to kill him, Kata Akuna is a young, potentially Force-sensitive child who’s taken in by Cal, Merrin, and Greez by the end of Jedi: Survivor. While it’s currently unclear just what Kata’s role in the future of the Star Wars Jedi series will be, it seems almost guaranteed that it’ll be major, though the series’ time setting might factor into that quite heavily.
If Star Wars Jedi: Survivor‘s sequel picks up straight after the second game’s events, then it seems fairly likely that Kata Akuna will play a sort of apprentice role in the game, with Cal Kestis being her Jedi Master. While this is a natural next step for the series, it’s also the most dull, since fans have seen this dynamic play out time and time again in other pieces of Star Wars media. Even if Cal and Kata’s relationship has nothing to do with The Force or learning to be a Jedi, mentor-learner dynamics are a dime-a-dozen in Star Wars, and it’d be a shame for the Star Wars Jedi series to just fall into series tropes at the last second.
But if Star Wars Jedi: Survivor‘s sequel made a big time jump, then that might serve to mix things up nicely. A time jump offers the Star Wars Jedi series almost limitless narrative opportunities. One possible avenue would be to have a much older Cal Kestis and an adult Kata leave Tanalorr for the first time in decades, taking their mentor-learner dynamic into uncharted territory. Another possible plot could see Kata run away from Tanalorr, with players taking control of an older Cal as he tries to track her down, with the potential there for her to turn to the Dark Side.
The Star Wars Jedi Series Could Benefit From Exploring A New Era
Though it’s only had two entries so far, the Star Wars Jedi series has pretty much exhausted three major Star Wars eras, with both games taking place in the Galactic Civil War, and Jedi: Survivor seeing players take on both Clone Wars-era and High Republic-era threats. For the inevitable sequel, it might be time for Cal Kestis to face off against a new threat, and a big time jump would allow for that, taking the Jedi to either this budding new Thrawn era, or much further into the future with the First Order-Resistance war.
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
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Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is the sequel to the critically-acclaimed Fallen Order, which was also developed by Respawn and published by EA. Continuing Cal Kestis’ story, Survivor is an action-adventure game with Soulslike combat, multiple planets to explore, and an engaging story.
- April 28, 2023
- Electronic Arts
- Action-Adventure , Soulslike
- Unreal Engine 4
- T For Teen due to Mild Language, Violence