Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order appears to have some cool lightsaber combat going for it. Protagonist Cal is pretty deadly with the device, able to string together flashy combos, throw the thing like a boomerang, and, er, use it as a flashlight. Anyone even remotely familiar with Star Wars knows how dangerous lightsabers can be -- slicing through thick metal, Jedi wrists, and Sith waistlines with ease -- but the more violent capabilities of the franchise's signature beam-based weapon will be kept to a minimum in the upcoming video game.
As highlighted on Reddit thanks to fresh preview footage, we now know that you will be able to cut clean through enemies like droids and carnivorous creatures, severing their limbs and in some cases, cleaving them in half. The effects look great in motion, with Cal leaving his foes in still-smouldering pieces on the floor.
However, you won't be able to slice and dice humanoid opponents. While we do think that this limitation does create a weird disconnect -- one minute you'll see Cal make mincemeat out of a sturdy looking droid, but he'll fail to cut through regular Stormtrooper armour the next -- it's easy to understand why you can't hack body parts off people.
It obviously all comes down to the game's age rating, which both Disney and EA will want to maintain. Throw some gratuitous dismemberment in there and you're looking at a Mature or 18+ rating instead of T for Teen. It goes without saying Disney wants its immensely popular property to be as far-reaching as possible.
What do you think of this? Would you like to have human dismemberment in your Star Wars game? Watch where you're swinging that lightsaber in the comments section below.