When Star Wars: The Last Jedi released in 2017, it quickly became one of the most divisive films in the franchise's history. While it had mostly positive reviews from critics and grossed over $1 billion at the box office, fan response to the film was mixed, with some loving the movie and others hating Rian Johnson's take on Star Wars. The Last Jedi detractors can rest easy knowing that Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order writer Chris Avellone isn't exactly a fan of the film himself.
Speaking with VGC, Avellone spoke about his problems with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. "I thought that portrayal of Luke Skywalker was very weak. I thought they gave him a scapegoat role that wasn’t merited and didn’t fit with his character, in my opinion." He added, "I like the fact that they were playing around with it, but at the same time I didn’t like the execution and I thought it could have been handled a lot better or differently."
Avellone also criticized The Last Jedi's use of comedy, stating that it went "too far." Avellone also didn't like how Star Wars: The Last Jedi "rapidly introduced" new side characters and "massive detour plots." While not stated explicitly, it's likely the latter is in reference to the Canto Bight Casino plot from The Last Jedi, as that has been commonly criticized as a "side quest" by The Last Jedi critics online.
Since it seems Avellone wasn't very impressed by Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it seems safe to assume his work on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order won't be influenced much by the film. Previously, Avellone pointed to the animated TV series Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars: The Clone Wars as two big inspirations for the game's script, and it's unclear how much the game will be influenced by other Star Wars media.
One source of inspiration could very well come from another Star Wars game Avellone worked on in the past. For the uninitiated, Avellone actually worked on Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2 - The Sith Lords, one of the highest-rated Star Wars games of all time, and a title that was highly praised for its story. If Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is able to match KOTOR 2's story in terms of quality, then fans should be in for a treat.
Of course, the gameplay in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will need to live to match the story's quality, and at this point, we haven't actually seen the game in action. Luckily, that should change next month as Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will be at E3 2019.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order launches November 15 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.