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Is Jedi: Fallen Order Canon?

Is Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order canon?
Is Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order canon? / Photo courtesy of Respawn Entertainment/EA

Is Jedi: Fallen Order canon? Respawn Entertainment's first Star Wars game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, came out in November of 2019 and was met with widespread critical and commercial success. The game's Dark Souls-inspired action connected with audiences, making it one of the most convincing portrayals of the Jedi fantasy yet made in games. TIME magazine even called it "the first great Star Wars game in a decade."

But is the game's story an officially accepted part of the larger Star Wars continuity? Do the events of the game's story coalesce with the story events of the feature films from which it draws?

Is Jedi: Fallen Order Canon?

Jedi: Fallen Order began as a franchise-agnostic third-person melee action game. Then EA acquired the rights to Star Wars video games indefinitely, and offered Respawn the chance to make the game a canonical story about the Jedi Order. The studio leapt at the opportunity, and hired narrative lead Aaron Contreras as the go-between for Respawn and the Lucasfilm Story Group.

The Lucasfilm Story Group sets the boundaries for Star Wars stories, and Respawn had to adhere to its rules to keep its game a part of the canon.

"We needed to understand how to work inside Star Wars, and I think they needed to understand what we need to make the most fun game possible, and they've been with us every step of the way," Contreras told The Washington Post in a 2019 interview.

With the Story Group's support, Respawn came up with the story of lost Jedi Padawan Cal Kestis' quest, and now the events of the game are part of the official Star Wars timeline.