San Diego Comic-Con turned out to be a massive hit for him Star Wars fans, showing off some of the franchise’s upcoming video game offerings. Chief among the games presented at SDCC was Star Wars: Outlaws, the franchise’s first open-world game that allowed players to explore the underbelly of George Lucas’ beloved universe. With other games like eclipse AND The hunters on the road, Star Wars The video game universe is about to expand in new and exciting ways.
After an unfortunate string of cancellations Star Wars video games, the franchise finally seems to have found its footing in the gaming community, producing hit after hit in recent years. However, as popular as Lucasfilm’s offerings have been, many of their recent and upcoming games share a common setting. WHEREAS Star Wars The timeline is expansive, ranging from various periods of galactic history, with most of the franchise’s video games preferring to be set in or around the Galactic Civil War period.
Most of the Star Wars games are set during the Galactic Civil War
Seemingly unable to break free from the Original Trilogy, Star Wars it has returned over and over again in the same time period over and over again. This issue has appeared in the live-action installments of the franchise, with shows like Andor, Obi-Wan Kenobi, The MandalorianAND The Boba Fett Book all take place within a few years of the original films. Video games are no different, as most of the last big budget Star Wars the matches take place shortly before and after A new hope.
Mostly, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order AND Survivor both take place during the early stages of the Galactic Civil War, with the latter occurring in 9 BBY, the same year as the events of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Similarly, all four The battle front games have favored the Galactic Civil War era, with the latest installment featuring a story mode that explores the immediate aftermath of the conflict. Even some of the future installments of the franchise are set during this time period. Star Wars: Outlaws it is confirmed that it happened between the events of The Empire strikes back AND Return of the Jedi. Meanwhile, Star Wars: Hunters is also confirmed for the same general time frame, continuing the franchise’s odd reliance on the Original Trilogy for its video game offerings.
Why Star Wars is obsessed with the era of the original trilogy
Star Wars keeps going back to the original trilogy era because it’s worked well for them so far. Just as exciting as open world games Star Wars: Outlaws are, it’s just as exciting for fans to revisit the classic era of Star Wars and all the nostalgia that comes along with it. In an era where the fan base is so divided, it only makes sense for Lucasfilm to focus on the one era that all audiences can agree on. Focusing on the tone and aesthetic of the original trilogy, Star Wars avoids some of the less pleasant discourse associated with the prequel and sequel trilogy era. Additionally, many of the franchise’s most popular characters are active in the years leading up to and during the Galactic Civil War. This allows for cameos from iconic characters like Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine.
Another reason that Star Wars seems so fixated on Galactic Civil War that it’s less prevalent than some other periods of the franchise. The recent revival of content set in that era helps fill in the gaps left between them Revenge of the Sith AND A new hope, answering questions that audiences have had for decades. Games like Jedi: Fallen Order AND Survivor help explain exactly what some Jedi were doing in the aftermath of Order 66, while Outlaws seeks to provide a better picture of wartime crime relations. Other games, like 2017 Battlefront II explore the actions of the Imperial Remnant after the end of the war, helping to rise The Force Awakens. Taken together, these games help further reflect the setting of the Original Trilogy.
Will Star Wars Games Explore Other Eras?
While it’s always fun to go back to the era of the Original Trilogy, it’s also a relief to see that future. Star Wars the games will also explore other eras. As it is set during the Galactic Civil War, Star Wars: Outlaws features a droid character from the prequel era, inviting the potential for flashbacks that take place during the Clone Wars. It’s quite interesting, Star Wars The video games have largely avoided the prequel era, rarely delving into the events of The Clone Wars except for select flashback sequences depicting Order 66. While OutlawsThe droid character is a start, it would be in the franchise’s best interest to explore the prequel era to some degree in video game format, giving players the chance to fight alongside their favorite characters in one of the galaxy’s greatest wars.
In addition to the many franchise projects from the era of the Original Trilogy, there are many more Star Wars games in development that will explore the era of the High Republic, before the events of The Phantom Menace. Among these projects in development is a remake of the classic Knights of the Old Republic video game, which has faced some delays, but would still be a great help to fans of the classic game. For more, Star Wars is about to explore a whole new story of the High Republic in eclipse. Very little is known about the new game, except that it will be set hundreds of years before the first trilogy and will feature a younger Master Yoda, as seen in the announcement trailer. Given the franchise’s long fascination with the Galactic Civil War, it will certainly be a welcome change of pace for future games to explore the largely unexplored era of the High Republic and the Jedi Order at its peak.