As reported by GamesRadar, Respawn Entertainment, the development studio behind the highly anticipated 2023 title, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, recently revealed, in an interview with Play Magazine, that the upcoming game will include in-planet fast travel. It will also have "rideable creatures" for those who want to get around faster but still traverse through the actual world.
If Survivor is set to follow the same structure as its predecessor, 2019's Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, then the game will probably have you visiting different planets that are each in some way relevant to the overall plot, and these planets will have different sections and varying paths, some of which open up as you unlock new traversal abilities throughout the game. The traversable area in certain planets could be quite large, and fans did often express complaints about having to manually backtrack all the way to the ship whenever they were deep inside an area.
As per what Game Director Stig Asmussen told Play Magazine, it appears that you'll be allowed to fast travel between different spots within one planet, but not between different planets. "We will feature both fast travel and rideable creatures," said Asmussen, "to help players quickly get from point A to B, and back to A... the rideable creatures offer a way to quickly negotiate between points and explore what is in between."
This falls in stark contrast to what Respawn Entertainment producer Blair Brown stated to USgamer (now VG247) back in 2019, a few weeks before the release of Fallen Order. "A lot of the game is traversal, re-traversal, and exploration," said Brown. "Not having fast travel encourages the player to go off the beaten path; find quick routes, and master the level. Also, as you play through you'll see some stuff that you wouldn't if you fast-traveled through the critical path every time."
It's clear that the dev team's perspective has changed over time, possibly due to fan feedback, and now, they're giving different players the option to play in different ways. Though manual backtracking can offer moments of spontaneous exploration, it can also occur that a player has already experienced most of the optional paths and simply wants to progress the main story right away. And, of course, there are always players who just don't care much for exploration.
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is set to launch on April 28, 2023, for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.
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