You can’t have a game that focuses on lightsaber combat without at least one double-sided lightsaber. When George Lucas introduced the concept of a saber that ignited at both ends in The Phantom Menace, fans couldn’t get enough of it. There have been only a handful of characters in the recent comics and animated series who’ve wielded dual-bladed sabers like Darth Maul, and central among them is the Inquisitorius, the Jedi-hunting bad guy brigade that serves as the main villains of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
In Star Wars Rebels, we saw the Inquistors’ flashy, double-sided lightsaber combat (apparently they could even fly around by spinning the sabers like helicopters). Now, in the official launch trailer for the upcoming Fallen Order video game, it’s confirmed that at least one of these villains—the Ninth Sister—will wield the devastating two-ended blade in the upcoming game.
While we don’t see too much new footage in this trailer, there’s a lot to be excited about here. A watery planet full of downed Star Destroyers. A swampy region that appears to be something of an ancient Jedi temple. And, of course, a very lovable and friendly looking new droid (he seems great).
But what’s most exciting about Fallen Order is, of course, the lightsaber combat. From getting the chance to spend awhile with the game, I can tell you, the combat in it is extremely promising. You can see from the footage in the new trailer that every strike with a lightsaber is visceral and affecting.
Other Star Wars games have struggled with this sort of thing—and don’t even get me started on the waggling of Wii Motes and motion-control bullshit of gimmicky lightsaber games like Star Wars Kinect. Respawn’s development team has put effective lightsaber combat front and center in Fallen Order, and it really shows. Now, we can see that you’ll be putting your dueling wits to the test, not only with standard sword-to-sword combat, but also with double-sided blades.
Who knows what other sorts of lightsabers Fallen Order has in store; perhaps we’ll be seeing dual-wielding enemies, curved lightsabers like the one Count Dooku used in Attack of the Clones, or maybe even the weird cross-guard lightsaber like Kylo Ren’s.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will premiere on Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC on November 15.