This week, Game Rant was given the opportunity to play over 3 hours of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, the first single-player game published by Electronic Arts since acquiring the Star Wars license in 2012. Although there is plenty of existing canon to work with, developer Respawn Entertainment set out to design an experience that stands on its own while still making references to the prior Star Wars storylines.
In order to avoid spoilers, it’s not worth going into the specifics of the Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order storyline, but there was a fun moment for fans. On the planet of Kashyyk, there is a sequence that see protagonist Cal Kestis thrust into a war between native Wookies, freedom fighters, and the Empire. The rebels have won some small battles and the remaining Storm Troopers are concerned for their well-being.
During a specific sequence on Kashyyk, Cal is climbing underneath a window where two Storm Troopers are discussing the goings-on. One Storm Trooper remarks that it isn’t going well for the Empire and is concerned that the rebels might soon topple their efforts. Unafraid, the other Storm Trooper quips that the two of them have an advantage because they “have the high ground.”
It’s a throwaway line but one that clearly is an Easter Egg to the prequel Star Wars trilogy. In the final film in the series, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Obi Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker (pre-Darth Vader transformation) face off in a lightsaber duel on Mustafar. At one point Kenobi ends up on a higher slope than Skywalker and warns him of attempting an attack by saying, “It’s over Anakin, I have the high ground.” Of course, Skywalker ignores Kenobi’s warning, is maimed, and left for dead.
Say what you will about the prequel trilogy, there are some key moments that have lived on and the “high ground” quote is one of them. It’s clearly become significant enough for Star Wars that developer Respawn Entertainment thought it would be fun to have a Storm Trooper say the line. However, it isn’t long before the Storm Troopers face off with Cal Kestis and their high ground isn’t able to save them.
Despite a very tongue in cheek line like this, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order carries a lot of weight in its story. In our hands-on preview of the game, we saw a variety of tones not unlike in the film franchise.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order releases November 15, 2019 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.