Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Thanksgiving Commercial Spoils The Damn Ending

Imagine: you’re sitting with your family watching football or a movie marathon, when suddenly you see a commercial for the new Star Wars game. “Cool,” you might think, for roughly twenty seconds, until it spoils the ending and one of the game’s coolest surprises.

That’s what it was like to be Kotaku editor-in-chief Stephen Totilo last Thursday, who hadn’t yet finished the excellent new Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order when he saw this commercial, designed to promote the game on Xbox One.

Obviously, don’t watch this or read any further unless you’ve finished the game (or don’t care).

Yup, that’s Darth Vader around 20 seconds in. Given that Jedi: Fallen Order tells a brand new story set between the Star Wars prequels and original trilogy, there was no reason to think that anyone from the movies would appear, which is why Vader’s menacing appearance at the very end of the game makes for such a cool surprise. A surprise that was just ruined for a whole lot of people who watched TV on Thanksgiving weekend.

It’s not clear who was responsible for this trailer—Electronic Arts is the publisher of the game, but it’s hosted on the Xbox YouTube channel—but it’s led to a whole lot of angry fans. What were they thinking? Even staff at the game’s development studio, Respawn, have been fuming both publicly and privately about the spoiler. (EA didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.)

Put another way, as Stephen wrote in Kotaku Slack over the holiday, “what the hell.”


Comments

    Was wondering how EA would fuck them over. There ya go. Such an amazing Rogue One level moment, and EA just fucked Respawn and fans in one fell swoop.

    Anyone care to further spoil it for me? I'm likely to never play it

      I'm hoping Darth Vader kills him

        I'm sure someone can elaborate if you really want a long run down but
        basically the villain who's been hounding you the whole game is the former padawan of one of your companion. she was about to turn back to the light side when Vader says hi and kills her . you're meant to run away at that moment but I think several youtubers has tried to do the opposite just to see what happens

    On one hand, yes, spoilers obviously. People have a right to be mad about that if they were planning on playing it (or especially if they were part way through playing it).
    But - on the other hand - there were probably some Star Wars fans out there that would pass on this due to the fact they see it as telling an in-between-quel of practically no consequence to the story. But then the spoilers show up in the trailer and suddenly they're interested. Maybe it's not of no consequence after all?

    I'm just saying, I get it. It's a major spoiler, yeah, but not as egregious as some.
    Also, I'm sure if you've done so much as a cursory search about the game on something like YouTube, it gets spoiled in the titles and thumbnails of the search results. Hell, YouTube recommended this spoiler to me when I haven't even watched a lot of Star Wars related videos.

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