Adding something new to a universe as beloved and familiar as Star Wars must seem an impossible task. Can you imagine how hard it is to show someone a new Star Wars droid, city, or planet, and convince them that this thing has been here forever, you just haven’t seen it? What nonsense to try!
And yet the developers at Respawn Entertainment, the people behind Star Wars Jedi: SurvivorNot only new Star Wars characters and locations (on top of those that are already excellent Jedi: Fallen Order) but straying completely from established film canon to explore the latest era of Star Wars: The High Republic.
Stone on them.
[Ed. Note: This post contains minor spoilers for the first act of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.]
This is one of the greatest hidden wonders Star Wars Jedi: Survivor – Play In fact takes place in the high republican era. There is no shame in this. Its copious databank entries refer consistently to the era. This is the time period during which many Jedi ruins and breath of the wildThe special temples you encounter were built, and that’s where the game’s villain, Dagen Gera, comes in the form of Cal Kestis, who he learns after waking up from a centuries-long slumber in a Bacta tank.
On the one hand, it’s great! The High Republic is a new part of the Star Wars canon that has so far mostly existed in the books and comics; Rendering its iconography in three dimensions is neat stuff. Respawn’s inclusion of these elements signals a serious commitment to anyone considering how invested Disney-era Star Wars is in this part of the timeline. Video games take a long time to make, and they have a long shelf life, so this narrative twist seems like a sign that the Powers That Be have been interested in telling stories in this setting for a while.
but also: the High Republic doesn’t particularly Meaning anything yet. The setting has only just been explored in depth (you can read our primer on it here), and while it has introduced some new characters who have already become fan favourites, such as the angsty Jedi Elzar Mann or the sentient alien The Rock Geode (not kidding! He’s a rock!), stories set in the High Republic era haven’t yet made the case for themselves. Thrills abound, but it certainly still feels like a publishing initiative more than fully realized by its unique stories.
Consider its closest analogue: the similar-looking Old Republic, an era thousands of years before the movies, crucially, were two wildly popular knights of the old republic Related video games. Now that setting is its own distinct flavor of Star Wars, with further books and comics fleshing it out. The High Republic, set only a few hundred years before the prequel and original trilogy eras, has yet to have its KOTOR moment. In its various storylines — the rise and fall of the Jedi space station Starlight Beacon, the growing threat of the Nihil Space Pirates, and a few Force-related mysteries — it mostly feels like a good way to hang out with the new Jedi.
Jedi: Survivor Fulfills an important function in establishing the High Republic as a setting worth investing in with endearing characters Jedi: Fallen Order Get wrapped up in its history. Soon, this setting will be strengthened retainer, the upcoming (and mysterious) new Disney Plus series set in the era. Taking out the High Republic will be a long game, and more importantly, it will be a Separate being played by stories revolving around the game the mandalorian and the animated Star Wars series.
Right now, The High Republic comes across like a bunch of tabletop RPG sourcebooks, full of interesting tidbits with no proper story to draw people in. Jedi: Survivor There’s a great deal of interest for fans curious about this new setting, but they may be surprised by how much of it still has potential.