Star Wars Jedi: Survivor devs Respawn Entertainment have worked hard on the game’s improved fast travel system, but they hope players don’t use it. Fans complained about the lack of fast travel in the first game but that was also intentional, as these areas were designed for thorough exploration.
In a feature with GamesRadar, the developers explained that the levels in Survivor are designed without fast travel in mind. While the game does indeed have fast travel, Respawn is hoping that players will explore these areas to their heart’s content first.
Jason De Heras, the Design Director for Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, says fast travel is dependent on the Nekko Cal Kestis rides. As the journey continues, this Nekko will get more upgrades and powers that will make traveling easier. Despite all this, De Haras says that these levels can be done without fast traveling.
“The Nekko that you ride, you know that's part of his journey and his progression and getting more powers and that obviously helps you navigate areas faster,” De Haras explains. “Fast travel's there, but you don't have to use it and we design everything without fast travel in mind."
While we appreciate the developers wanted players to explore in Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, we’re pretty glad fast travel was introduced. It’s easy to miss out on collectibles when playing 3D Metroidvanias like this and Batman Arkham, so we’re very happy with the mechanic’s inclusion.
Still, Respawn deserves a lot of credit for having this sequel improve on Fallen Order’s shortcomings. Aside from including fast travel, players will start with all of Cal's Fallen Order powers from the get-go. Players will also be able to hack the limbs off stormtroopers, which should provide an endless amount of fun.
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Fans will be able to purchase Star Wars Jedi: Survivor on Steam later this month on April 28. The game will be coming to PS5, Xbox Series, and PC.
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