Jedi Fallen Order’s protagonist is male because “Rey was the thing for Star Wars”

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is this year’s big new hope for those Star Wars videogame fans left unsatisfied by the controversial Battlefront 2 – thanks to that game’s over-reliance on loot boxes on release – and the multiple cancellations by current IP holder EA.

However, Jedi Fallen Order isn’t without its own controversies already, as while the announcement story trailer and gameplay reveals in the last few months have generally been met with acclaim, some fans have questioned why the game’s protagonist Cal Kestis is yet another white male human videogame character – following in the footsteps of other white male human stars of the franchise, such as Luke, Han, Anakin, Obi-Wan, Kyle Katarn, Starkiller, Dash Rendar and more.

In an interview with Game Informer, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’s game director Stig Asmussen addressed this issue – and essentially blames developer Respawn’s choice of a male protagonist on Rey, the main Jedi character from The Force Awakens and the rest of the ‘sequel trilogy’, as played by Daisy Ridley.

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