It’s “never been worse” to be Cal Kestis in Star Wars Jedi Survivor

Star Wars Jedi Survivor actor Cameron Monaghan teases dark times ahead for Cal Kestis, as it's “never been worse” to be a Jedi in the Empire-ruled galaxy

Cameron Monaghan as Cal Kestis in Star Wars Jedi Survivor

Star Wars Jedi Survivor is nearly here but the game’s story won’t be for the faint-hearted. Cameron Monaghan reveals new insight into Cal Kestis’s journey, teasing a morally challenging narrative in Respawn’s Fallen Order sequel.

While we look forward to the Star Wars Jedi Survivor release date, Gotham star Cameron Monaghan wonders “what is the point [Cal Kestis] might break.” In an interview with Game Informer, Monaghan explains that “the situation for a Jedi has never been worse”, following the events of Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order.

The Empire’s grip on the galaxy is tight, as Respawn’s sequel explores Cal’s journey before the events of A New Hope. “The Star Wars galaxy is at an extremely dark point,” Monaghan says.

Despite surviving a brush with iconic baddie Darth Vader, Cal’s luck isn’t getting any better. Monaghan makes it clear that Cal will face some deeper conflicts: “I think that a lot of the story of the first game was ‘what happens when you lose your family and how can you find a new one for yourself’.

When the circumstances around you change […] What happens when you put strain on your family and those relationships?” Cal “doesn’t have a safety net” to fall back on, and players will “have to live with the decisions that you make. You can be affected by them, they can haunt you.”

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If you’re like us, we’ll be exploring every nook and cranny for wider lore references in the game. However, Monaghan expresses “I want anybody who has never watched a Star Wars movie or read a Star Wars story to still be to play it and understand it.”

“At the end of the day this needs to exist and be interesting and satisfying,” Monaghan reiterates. Though it hasn’t been confirmed by the devs, Star Wars Jedi Survivor pre-order bonuses suggest the Obi-Wan show coincides with the game too.

The game’s official website claims “the Dark Times” are upon us – which is also the name of a 2006 comic series. With Fallen Order taking inspiration from Rogue One and Star Wars Rebels, there is plenty to look out for in Jedi Survivor’s world.

Star Wars Jedi Survivor is one of many upcoming PS5 games we’re itching to play, alongside the likes of Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 and Street Fighter 6.