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Star Wars Jedi: Survivor's Key Twist Was Inspired by a Classic Keanu Reeves Movie

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This article contains major spoilers for Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, including a key plot point and its consequences.

Respawn Entertainment's Jedi: Survivor includes a story as complex as any other in Star Wars, and director Stig Asmussen has revealed what inspired its biggest twist.

Speaking to IGN for Podcast Beyond, Asmussen revealed that a classic Keanu Reeves film directly inspired one character and, final spoiler warning, the reference is surprisingly on the nose.

Jedi: Survivor's Bode was based on Bodhi from Point Break, big betrayal and all. "Bode is born out of our narrative director Aaron Contreras," Asmussen said. "He had this idea, of all movies, [from] Point Break."

He continued: "That was the genesis for it and we wanted to have this character that they have this friendship, this bond, but then just take the player on the ride and learn this guy's a traitor at the same time that Cal learns it.

"He's a great fight at the end. That really was most of the emotion in the game, he was born out of that. We're really happy with how it turned out."

Bode, the close friend of Cal who betrayed him and caused a crisis, both emotional and literal, is almost too similar to Bodhi, the close friend of Johnny who betrayed him and caused a crisis, both emotional and literal. We can't believe we didn't see it sooner.

"When we were play-testing the game, some people saw Bode coming from a mile away, and they still liked it because it made them feel smart," Asmussen added. "The people that were just floored by it, they loved it as well, but it's an interesting story."

Jedi: Survivor became the best selling game of April despite only being available for two days of that month and received high critical praise too.

In our 9/10 review, IGN said: "If Respawn makes a third game like Star Wars Jedi: Survivor and Fallen Order, it'll complete the best Star Wars trilogy in 30 years, hands down."

Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer and acting UK news editor. He'll talk about The Witcher all day.

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