According to one developer, many Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order developers advocated for the protagonist to be black and/or female, but they said ‘no’.
Star Wars Day (May 4th) may be over, but many are still celebrating the beloved franchise. help this Obi wan Kenobi releases near the end of this month, and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 2 will be announced at Star Wars Celebration as well. Now, what changes it makes remains to be seen, but like many other games, the original was almost too different.
It was previously reported that Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’s main character could have been a woman, but this was decided against because of Rey in the Sequel trilogy. However, a former developer at Respawn clarified this decision better. Twitter user @NoraShramek, a game developer who has worked on Respawn, Riot, Insomniac and others, recently revealed that many developers wanted the main character to be black and/or female.
According to Nora, “MANY” devs defended this, but were rejected by Respawn’s senior management: “This was not evil EA or Lucasfilm/Disney excessive control.” There were supposedly two main reasons this was rejected. The first reason given is that there were already two blacks in the Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and the second was because of Rey. Nora also suggests that the demographics of those making these decisions were largely, if not completely, white men.
Nora also went on to share an alleged comment made by someone on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order‘s development team, being that “I think all black people need to have brighter skin because black people have oilier skin than other people”. Nora also said that she is no longer with Respawn Entertainment and, to her understatement, there have been serious changes at the developer—she just can’t verify in person.
She also added that most of the development team were concerned about representation, but that decision was made by a few people. Nora also says It’s nothing against Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order‘s Cal Kestis or her actor Cameron Monaghan as she says he did a great job and she has a lot of Cal products but it’s about “missed opportunity”.
I hope Nora’s statement about the changes made to Respawn is true. EA has placed Respawn, one way or another, in more than three Star Wars projects beyond Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 2. Maybe what was a missed opportunity there can be redeemed in another one of Respawn Star Wars games.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 2 is supposedly under development.
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