New League Of Legends Trailer Is So Bad Riot Had To Explain It

A new year means a new League of Legends season. And for the past few years, this has also meant a big, cinematic trailer to announce the new season. However, this time the trailer for League of Legends’ next season was pretty dang boring and underwhelming, especially when compared to last year’s. In fact, the response from the community was so bad that Riot felt the need to apologize and explain why the trailer was so lackluster on Twitter.

Since 2018, Riot has created and released extremely cinematic and epic trailers for each new season of the long-running F2P MOBA. Last year’s trailer for Season 2022 was particularly popular among fans, cited as one of the best trailers the company had ever produced for League of Legends. And past trailers have also been big hits among the community. So anticipation around this year’s new season and trailer was very high.

So that makes it even worse that the actual trailer we got, titled The Brink of Infinity, was a boring two minutes or so of narration while the camera flies around the famous battleground from LoL. And…that’s it. As you might expect, the community and its many players basically started dunking on this trailer from the moment it went live yesterday.

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“After the 2022 cinematic, I can’t even begin to explain how DISAPPOINTING this year’s is” commented one user on YouTube. “I never thought that I [would] ever dislike a cinematic from League,” said another viewer. Many others joked that the new trailer was just the original LoL map, Summoner’s Rift, re-rendered in Unreal Engine 5. In less than an hour it reportedly had over 5k dislikes. As I write this now, the trailer has over 170k dislikes. Across Twitter and Reddit people were critical of the trailer, with some complaining that Riot cared more about its popular FPS Valorant than its aging MOBA.

After hours and hours of these reactions pouring in along with rumors and speculation running wild that Riot wasn’t planning to support League of Legends as much as it had before or that the game might be dying, the studio itself stepped in and explained via a Twitter thread what happened with the trailer, and apologized to the community.

“This year, there were some unprecedented circumstances that had us choose an alternate approach to the Season 2023 video,” explained Riot. “However, we believed it could still embody League’s broad universe and competitive spirit while celebrating the start of a new season. But we’ve heard your feedback, and we want to acknowledge Brink of Infinity missed the mark for the action-packed, champion-led trailer you expected and has led to further speculation about our investment in League.”

Riot further explained that it should have been “more communicative” about the trailer and its different approach this year, suggesting that this could have helped avoid the “feeling” that the company wasn’t as invested in LoL in 2023 as it has been in the past.

“We do believe that League has a bright future and we are investing in that, but we can do a better job of sharing those plans with you,” tweeted Riot. “We are committed to giving you more details about what that investment looks like in the next couple of days. We really appreciate your passion and feedback, and League’s success wouldn’t be possible without your dedication. Thank you.”

Kotaku reached out to Riot for further comment on the trailer and the community’s reaction.

Response to Riot’s Twitter thread was mixed, with some happy that it was at least acknowledging the disappointment and frustration and others upset that Riot wasn’t doing more to support League of Legends and its community. And for many, this response doesn’t quell their concerns that the company may be more focused on other projects and games, like Valorant, and could be putting League on the backburner.

Square Enix Blockbuster Touts Bogus Accolades In Launch Trailer

Everything about the leadup to the release of Forspoken, Square Enix’s big new open-world action RPG, has been a lowkey mess. But you wouldn’t know that from the launch trailer which stays upbeat on the modern-day magical adventure by taking a bunch of words out of context and spinning them into deceitful accolades.

“This Forspoken launch trailer is kind of telling us that the game might not actually be that good and here’s how I know,” trailer editing aficionado Derek Lieu said in a TikTok video that blew up over the weekend. “The biggest red flag are these quotes which are either one word long or two words long.”

He proceeded to go through each phrase flashed on screen during it, found the original source it was from, and read the larger context aloud. In almost every instance the meaning was very different from the way the words were presented in the trailer, and not intended to be taken as unambiguous praise.

In one example, Square Enix lifted the word “Beautiful” from a December preview published over at Distractify. In context, however, the quote wasn’t saying that Forspoken was beautiful but that it had the “potential” to be a “beautiful story-driven game that will pull at your heartstrings with each new chapter.” It was, after all, a preview and not a review of the final game, though the site’s editor said she didn’t take issue with how the word was used.

“Square Enix did ask for permission to use the quote, and we did approve,” Distractify gaming editor, Sara Belcher, told Kotaku in an email. “In our actual review, I do refer to the game as ‘beautiful’ (that was my opinion of the game’s world since the preview, which is why I didn’t personally feel the quote felt out of context). We do not charge for the use of quotes in promotional materials.”

In another example, the Final Fantasy maker quotes the word “impressive” from Game Informer. The only problem is that the word in question doesn’t even come from a hands-on preview, but from a news write-up of a gameplay trailer from a Sony State of Play. “Frey’s traversal abilities are impressive, allowing for fast movement in and out of combat, both in aerial and aquatic situations,” it reads.

To recap then, Forspoken’s newest trailer included a truncated quote of someone describing one of its older trailers. Game Informer’s actual review gave the game a 7.5 out of 10. It did not include the word impressive, instead describing main protagonist Frey’s overall adventure as “[not] without its highlights.”

Game Informer did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

Lieu told Kotaku that the intent of the video wasn’t to claim that he thinks the game is or will be bad, but rather that the misleading framing heavily implies that Square Enix wasn’t confident enough in the game to let it stand on its own without the bogus accolades.

“They could be entirely wrong taking this approach and the game is actually good, or has merits they could be focusing on instead of looking for quotes,” he said. “So I think it says more about the people in charge of marketing the game than it does the game itself.”

Companies relying on misleading quotes from critics and review outlets is nothing new. Sometimes they remove the original context. Sometimes they just search for any source, whether it’s reputable or not, that says your game is awesome. Almost always the accolades themselves are in giant fonts while the publications they’re pulled from are too small to read unless you’re taking time to analyze them in a TikTok video like Lieu.

As a point of comparison, he also shared two Forpsoken trailers that make the game look appealing without resorting to lies. The first was a trailer for the demo released last month. The second was a recut of an existing social media trailer that was repeatedly roasted online for its Joss Whedon-style fourth-wall-breaking dialogue.

“The real problem isn’t the narration at all, it’s that they don’t lean hard enough into the tone the narration should be selling and i know that because i proved it just now to be sure,” wrote Twitter user spellbang who took the same ingredients but remixed them in a way that looked much cooler while retaining the sensibility of the original.

The artistry behind making a good video game trailer aside, lying is bad and companies shouldn’t do that. It’s bad enough when a trailer full of pre-baked footage masks, say, how poorly a game actually runs. It’s even worse, though, when companies go out of their way to try and rope independent media outlets into their deceit. Publishers are supposed to get permission before using other people’s quotes in their marketing, and to be transparent about how they will be used.

Square Enix did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

               

New Super Mario Movie Trailer Shows Seth Rogen’s Donkey Kong

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Screenshot: Illumination

It’s weird that one of the things people have been most interested about as far as the upcoming Super Mario Bros. movie is concerned is how everyone sounds. I mean, we know who the cast is, have known that forever, but what we haven’t known is the extent to which each actor was going to ham it up.

It’s why everyone has been so obsessed with Chris Pratt’s Mario, and why Jack Black seems perfect as Bowser because…he’s done that voice 1000 times and he was born for the role. One major voice we haven’t heard yet, though, is Seth Rogen’s Donkey Kong, and it was also one that could have gone in any number of directions.

As this Thomas Game Docs video below explains, Donkey Kong’s voice has been all over the place over for decades. While Charles Martinet’s Mario is Mario to successive generations, there’s been zero consistency as far as Donkey Kong is concerned.

Why doesn’t Donkey Kong sound like he used to?

Which means, I guess, that this movie was free to go in whatever direction it wanted with the character, and that’s exactly what has happened. As this short new trailer released during the Eagles v Niners game tonight shows, Seth Rogen has been hired to…just be Seth Rogen.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie | Smash

Much of that trailer has been shown before, with Mario getting the absolute shit beaten out of him, but obviously that end section with Donkey Kong speaking is new. Also great to see the cat suit make an appearance, because the more this movie can lift from Super Mario 3D World—which more than any other Mario game plays like a big budget animated film—the better.

Not that any of this talk about Donkey Kong’s voice even matters, since it’s not like that’s the characters main appeal anyway.

Pedro Pascal Stars In Hilarious (Fake) Mario Kart x HBO Trailer

When I see news that Saturday Night Live has released another sketch dedicated to the Mario Kart franchise, I get flashbacks.

I think we all remember the frankly quite frightening episode of Saturday Night Live back in 2021 where the world’s second-richest man and currently the world’s most punishing poster Elon Musk hosted. It wasn’t just unfunny because he was there (although his first-time-speaking-to-humans delivery definitely didn’t help), but it almost felt like every sketch he appeared in was specifically designed in a lab to trigger a fight-or-flight response to anyone who watched.

In particular, we think of one bit. The Wario sketch. A sketch with a pretty funny starting concept (Wario is on trial for killing Mario in a karting accident), and truly piss-poor execution. Weird accents, Fanfiction.net-esque twist, and just generally bare-minimum comedy. When you hear “Mario Kart comedy sketch” and this comes to mind, one can’t help but tremble with fear and experience severe acid reflux.

With that in mind, I think I can comfortably say that SNL has redeemed itself. Its newest attempt at satirising Mario Kart in the show’s most recent episode with Pedro Pascal is a triumph.

Actor Pedro Pascal is best known recently for his portrayal of Joel in HBO’s TV adaptation of The Last of Us. In his first time hosting the long-running sketch comedy show, Pascal addresses the many, many “fancams” that are made of him online in Fancam Assembly, where Pascal plays the principal of a school where students won’t stop making TikTok fancams of him. It rules. As well as that, he did something that many thought was impossible: star in a Mario Kart sketch that wasn’t cringe.

HBO Mario Kart Trailer – SNL

Playing on the lack of narrative in Mario Kart and the deep and enthralling narrative of HBO’s The Last of Us, HBO’s Mario Kart is genuinely a well-executed sketch based on a simple and timely concept. What if something that is traditionally light-hearted and fun was actually serious and gritty? We’ve seen it done before, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done well. Visually, it looks ridiculous yet high quality. The fake review quotes got me. Me likey!

Of course, comedy is subjective, and things that make me go “tee hee” might not make you go “hee haw”. You might’ve even thought the Musk Wario sketch and thought it was the funniest thing you’ve ever seen in your life, and that’s okay. Legally, I cannot stop you from feeling this way, though certainly I wish you didn’t.

But me personally? I think the HBO’s Mario Kart sketch knocks it out of the park.

This story originally appeared on Kotaku Australia

Tears Of The Kingdom Trailer Is Our Best Look Yet

Link looks at his arm as the sun sets.

Screenshot: Nintendo / Kotaku

After years of waiting, Nintendo finally pulled back the curtain a little more on what fans can expect from The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. A snazzy new gameplay trailer revealed a ton, including a world that’s more than just a reskin of the one from Breath of the Wild.

It starts with an unknown voice calling on its minions to destroy the world, followed later on by Zelda warning Link that he might not be table to take on the new threat poised by the strange zombified demon who sure bears a resemblance to Ganondorf from earlier Zelda games. Plus there’s Link riding a hot air balloon, tractor, and more. What it didn’t mention was that Tears of the Kingdom will be Nintendo’s first $70 game. That detail was buried in Nintendo’s official press release.

Here’s the new trailer:

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom – Official Trailer #2

Previous trailers made it clear that Link will be taking to the skies in much of Tears of the Kingdom, both in terms of teleporting up to floating islands and making use of a new glider to cover long distances. The hero of time also sports a new magic glove this time around which augments some of the physics-based abilities from the first game and even includes a flamethrower mode.

First teased back at E3 2019, Tears of the Kingdom grew out of plans for an expansion to Breath of the Wild. It eventually became a full-fledged sequel with a planned release window of 2022. Last year, however, producer Eiji Aonuma announced that the game wouldn’t come out until 2023, apologizing to fans for the delay. Nintendo also revealed the official title of the game, eliciting millions of headshakes from everyone who had already grown accustomed to calling it BotW 2.

At 29 million lifetime sales, Breath of the Wild is the best-selling Zelda game Nintendo has ever released by far. At just over six years, the gap between its launch and Tears of the Kingdom’s May 13 release date is also the longest in the series’ history. In the recent past, new Zelda games have bridged console generations like the jump from the GameCube to the Wii and the shift from the Wii U to the Switch. So far, however, there’s no “Switch Pro” or “Switch 2” in sight, much to the dismay of many fans eager for a more powerful device.

Hopefully the wait will have been worth it. And hopefully it runs okay on the aging Switch hardware.

Tears Of The Kingdom Trailer Points To Better Graphics

If you watched the latest trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom you might have been shocked to hear what sounds like Ganon talking, marveled at Link’s new powers, or completely lost it when you saw him riding a magical lawnmower. Some fans, however, are losing it over a blurry screenshot that might indicate a slight graphical improvement coming in the Breath of the Wild sequel.

The original game sets you loose in a massive open world where you can swim up waterfalls and parachute off mountains. It’s thrilling and gorgeous but comes with a big catch: features of Hyrule’s landscape that are farther away lack detail and often aren’t rendered at all until you get closer. These short draw distances mean even things like foliage can sometimes jarringly pop in and out of a scene as you run around.

According to an interesting side-by-side comparison from a Looygibros breakdown (via Gamesradar), Tears of the Kingdom might contain noticeably better draw distances, i.e. places far away will look a little bit better. It’s sort of what you might expect from a sequel to a six-year-old game that doesn’t also have to run on the Wii U, but fans are still incredibly hyped.

A screenshot compares graphical details in Tears of the Kingdom and Breath of the Wild.

To the untrained eye, these images of Link gliding probably look pretty much the same except for differences in the lighting and shadows. As eagle-eyed Zelda fans quickly noticed, however, the shot from Tears of the Kingdom includes more trees and rock formation details in the distance than the one from Breath of the Wild. It’s easy to overlook at first, but impossible to miss once you realize the difference, even with the resolution of a trailer screen capture re-compressed on Reddit and blown up to truly ugly sizes.

A screenshot shows draw distances in Breath of the Wild

A screenshot shows draw distances in Tears of the Kingdom

“That cliff rock looks NOICE,” one player declared. “I guess they also did some texture updating.”

It’s possible that the busier backgrounds might be the result of Nintendo juicing things for a pre-release trailer. It’s also possible that Tears of the Kingdom is much more optimized than its predecessor for the older hardware, and will have a few extra tricks up its sleeve. One other place players will surely be looking for any upgrades, however slight, is the framerate. Breath of the Wild can occasionally slow down, especially in handheld mode and in busy locations like the Korok forest.

We’ve recently seen impressive games like Xenoblade Chronicles 3 seemingly push the Switch hardware to its limit, nudging up against the boundary of what it can render and how quickly. While Tears of the Kingdom will probably continue that trend, it also has the benefit of being compared against a six-year-old benchmark. Hopefully the progress shows, and not just in terms of the density of far-off blurs.

Apple’s First Trailer For The Tetris Movie Looks Dramatic AF

Taron Egerton stands in front of a bunch of Tetris blocks.

Photo: The Tetris Company / Kotaku / Emma McIntyre (Getty Images)

Nearly everybody has played or seen someone play blocky puzzle game Tetris. It’s one of the best-selling and most popular video games ever made. But while everyone might know of Tetris, I expect most people don’t know the wild story behind how it became a global sensation. Luckily, a new movie from Apple starring Taron Egerton, Nikita Efremov, and Toby Jones is coming out soon to share the genuinely exciting story behind Tetris.

Here’s the first trailer for the upcoming Tetris film, out on Apple TV+ on March 31:

Tetris — Official Trailer | Apple TV+

Tetris (the game not the movie) was first released in the 80s and is remembered by most as that awesome block-falling game. Since those early days, Tetris has gone on to become a timeless pop culture icon and has been ported to basically every console and platform you can think of. But what you might not know is that Tetris was created in the Soviet Union by software engineer Alexey Pajitnov and that getting the game globally distributed took a lot of negotiations and legal battles.

And this new movie from Apple, simply titled Tetris, is a retelling of this wild story and how Egerton’s Henk Rodgers helped bring the game out of the USSR and to the rest of the world. The movie does seem to be adding in a few more car chases…

Fun fact: At one point around a dozen different companies thought they owned the rights to Tetris. So yeah, things regarding the dissemination of the game were messy, to say the least. And I’ll be curious to see how accurate the film is in its retelling of the story. At the very least it seems like a fun way to introduce people to the complicated history behind one of the best games ever made.

Tetris (the movie not the game) will be available to stream on Apple TV+ on March 31. And then the following week you can watch the Super Mario Bros. Movie.

 

The First Pokémon Season Without Ash Gets First Real Trailer

Friede is seen descending on the scene on a Charizard's back with the night sky in the background.

Screenshot: The Pokémon Company / Kotaku

Man, Ash and Pikachu are really leaving the Pokémon anime pretty soon, huh? With every farewell episode that airs in Japan and every new piece of information on the new animated series that comes out, the departure of the show’s long-time protagonists feels more and more real. If you were having a hard time visualizing that, The Pokémon Company has released some early footage of the new season, which will star new protagonists Liko and Roy.

The Official Pokémon YouTube channel

Much of the new trailer is made up of character art for Liko, Roy, Friede, and Captain Pikachu, but there is a bit of footage of Liko choosing her Sprigatito partner, making friends at her school, and getting ready to battle a Ceruledge. There’s also a sick shot of Friede descending onto the scene on the back of a Charizard. As sad as it is to say goodbye to Ash and Pikachu, I’m feeling optimistic about this new cast. The first episode, which will be an hour-long special, is set to air in Japan on April 14.

Right now, the anime is wrapping up a series of farewell episodes dedicated to Ash and Pikachu’s 25-year journey, with the duo visiting old friends from throughout their adventures. The final episode will air in Japan on March 24, and will feature a heart-to-heart between Ash and his original rival Gary.

Unfortunately, it may be some time before American fans get to see this episode in English, as Pokémon is wrapped up in a licensing deal with Netflix that releases episodes in waves, rather than as they’re airing in Japan.

As such, it’s unlikely we will see the English dub of Liko and Roy’s debut any time soon, as the Netflix rollout will still be several episodes behind the Japanese broadcast by the time it airs next month. It does mean you have plenty of time to watch Ash and Pikachu’s previous adventures, if you can deal with the fact that the series’ 25-year run is divided between multiple streaming apps.

Final Super Mario Bros. Movie Trailer Debuts At Nintendo Direct

Today, during Nintendo’s special Super Mario Bros.-themed Direct, we got a look at the third and final trailer for the anticipated, animated Super Mario Bros .Movie .

Before the trailer rolled, we got to see the Hollywood cast, Miyamoto, and Illumination founder riff about how March 10 (which spells “MAR10″ or “Mario” when looked at a certain way) is the official day of Nintendo’s plumber. But Jack Black then butted in, arguing that it should in fact be Bowser Day. Black’s word is law, so happy Bowser Day. Then, the final trailer gave us a better look at Mario tearing up fools on Rainbow Road, as well as Bowser’s legion of Koopa. You can watch the trailer below.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie Direct – 3.9.2023 (Final Trailer)

After the trailer, Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, the film’s directors talked about how they worked hard on making Mario Kart’s Rainbow Road and the vehicles racing down it authentic to Nintendo’s games. Finally, Miyamoto announced that Mario’s silver-screen shoes will be available to view at Super Nintendo World in Universal Studios Hollywood.

While Jack Black’s Bowser featured prominently today, the previous Super Mario Bros. Movie trailer gifted us with a closer look, or listen, to Seth Rogan’s performance as Donkey Kong. Rogan is implementing Mario portrayer Chris Pratt’s method of using his regular human voice (stoner edition) in the Donkey Kong-focused trailer, where DK continued to put paws on an unfortunate Mario. It spawned a bunch of memes where fans repurposed the clip of Donkey Kong winding up to sock Mario with scenes from other popular tv shows and video games. Whether the movie turns out to be spectacular or god-awful, you can’t deny how meme-worthy its ad campaigns are.

Read More: Everyone Sounds Awesome In The New Mario Movie But Mario

Shigeru Miyamoto stunned the world back in 2021 with the one-two-punch that Nintendo and Illumination Studios (the folks behind The Minions movies) were working on an animated Mario movie with a bizarre-yet-undeniably star-studded Hollywood cast. In addition to Pratt and Rogen, other notable performances include Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, and Fred Armisen will voice Cranky Kong, among others.

Super Mario Bros. Il Film | Teaser Trailer Ufficiale (Universal Pictures) HD

While many continue to hem and haw at Guardians of the Galaxy actor Pratt’s inconsistent Brooklyn accent and his plumber’s lack of an ass, the majority of folks online are digging Jack Black’s show-stealing vocal performance as Bowser. But let’s be honest, all anyone really wants to hear is Zombieland Saga voice actor Mamoru Miyano belt out a hearty “let’s-a-go.”

The Super Mario Bros. was originally slated to release on October 6 last year but was delayed to April 7 and moved up to April 5.

 

6 Cool Details In The New Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Trailer

The latest story trailer for Respawn’s Star Wars Jedi: Survivor drops some new tidbits that have me excited to play Respawn’s upcoming sequel to its fantastic 2019 soulslike action game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, out next month, is set five years after the events of the first game, Fallen Order. As before, Survivor will follow Cal Kestis and his crew of loveable misfits as they outrun, outsmart, and outlast the Empire. Kestis is a Jedi, which makes him a high-priority threat to the Empire. And having survived an encounter with Darth Vader and his Jedi-hunting Inquisitors in the last game, Kestis and his ragtag crew will now have a more surprising villain to deal with: another Jedi.

Respawn / EA / Lucasfilm

Out today, Survivor’s new story trailer isn’t very long, but it’s jam-packed with interesting details and nuggets of information. Here are six cool things we spotted in the trailer that we think you might care about!

Cal will visit the city planet of Coruscant

Remember that big city world from the Star Wars prequels? The same one seen in Andor, too. Well, it seems that Cal will be visiting Coruscant in Survivor. Keep in mind that at this point in the Star Wars timeline, Coruscant is the literal capital of the Empire. It’s the planet the Emperor hangs out on when he’s not out doing evil Sith lord shit, so not the safest place for a Jedi to visit. Must be a very important mission.

One of the Bedlam Raiders is a Gen’dai

Apparently, this was something Respawn confirmed earlier this year, but considering that we get a good look at raider Rayvis in this trailer, I figured it would be worth shouting out. That big alien in the armor? They’re a Bedlam Raider known as Rayvis, and he’s a Gen’dai. What’s that? It’s a very hard-to-kill alien species made up of regenerating, worm-like appendages. Bounty Hunter Durge, from the animated Clone Wars mini-series, is a member of this species. If Cal has to fight Rayvis, expect a tough boss battle.

Merrin and Greez return (and have new looks)

A screenshot shows Cal, Merrin, Greez and droid BD-1 looking at a hologram.

Screenshot: EA / Respawn / Lucasfilm / Kotaku

While I assumed Cal’s crew of loveable scamps would show up in the new game, it was nice to finally see them in this story trailer. Since it’s been five years, Nightsister Merrin and salt-loving pilot Greez look different. I personally like their new looks. Merrin in particular looks fantastic. I like her modern take on an emo space witch. Oh and if you’re wondering what happened to Greez’s arm, well…you might want to read Star Wars Jedi: Battle Scars, a novel set after Fallen Order but before Survivor. (Or just look it up on Wookieepedia.)

The big bad villain might be a fallen Jedi from the past

Okay, so if you don’t know anything about the High Republic era of Star Wars, here’s a very condensed summary: Its a new era of the franchise created a few years back that exists mostly in books and comics and tells the story of the Jedi at their prime about 200 or so years before the events seen in The Phantom Menace.

Now, in this trailer, we get a good look at the possible Jedi seen in the very first Survivor trailer. Back then he was hanging out in a stasis chamber of some kind. In this new teaser, he’s walking around in his full High Republic Jedi robes and he seems mad that Cal and the other Jedi let the galaxy fall to the Empire. I expect he’s going to be willing to do anything to save the old system, even if it means teaming up with raiders and turning to the dark side of the Force.

Where’s Cal’s Jedi master, Cere?

In this trailer we only get one brief shot of Cere, the Jedi master who helped Cal reconnect with the Force in the last game. She’s sporting a new look, and seems a bit more chill. This ties in with the recent Battle Scars book, in which she’s become focused on reclaiming past relics of the Jedi Order in hopes of passing down its traditions and history to future generations. Maybe she won’t play as big a role in this adventure as last time, but it’s still nice to see her here as she is great and I’d hate for her to be sidelined entirely.

Wait a minute, was that Moraband?

A man walks through a orange dust storm on a weird alien planet.

Screenshot: EA / Respawn / Lucasfilm / Kotaku

At one point in the trailer, we briefly see Cal trekking through a red dust storm on what appears to be a pretty barren world. Now, this could be a brand-new planet. It could be Genosis from the prequels. It could be a planet ripped from a comic I’ve never read. But it also could be Moraband, an ancient planet with deep ties to the evil Sith. It’s appeared in comics and the Clone Wars and it looks an awful lot like what see a glimpse of in the trailer.

Considering the last game let us explore Dathomir, another planet with dark connections to weirder parts of Star Wars, I could see Moraband fulfilling a similar role. And if I was an ancient Jedi seeking to reclaim the galaxy, I might visit some Sith planets to find more power. Just saying!


And that’s the coolest and most interesting bits I picked up from the new trailer. We don’t have long to wait to play Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. The game’s coming out April 28 on PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.

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